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Commercial Recording Announced for Santa Fe Opera’s World Premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs performances will be recorded live for commercial release on PENTATONE

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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs Recording

Santa Fe, NM — General Director Charles MacKay announced today that performances of Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs will be recorded live for release in summer 2018 on PENTATONE, a Dutch classical music label specializing in high-end, multichannel surround-sound recordings. This project follows Santa Fe Opera and PENTATONE’s GRAMMY ™ Award-nominated recording of Jennifer Higdon and Gene Scheer’s 2015 world premiere of Cold Mountain. Previously, Santa Fe Opera had produced two commercial recordings: Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All in 1976 and Tobias Picker’s Emmeline in 1996.

“Few opera companies have Santa Fe Opera’s track record in launching new opera, and I’m very thankful to have this stellar company premiere my first opera,” said composer Mason Bates. “A recording is a crucial component in magnifying the impact of any new piece, and it’s particularly fitting for this project, whose subject is a man of such broad interest. The new storytelling that the life of Steve Jobs will bring to opera – an electro-acoustic score, Mark Campbell’s clever and non-linear narrative, Kevin Newbury’s high-tech production – will receive important exposure through this recording. We’re all grateful to Santa Fe Opera for making this happen.”

“Mason’s music is as innovative as the accomplishments of our opera’s titular subject,” said librettist Mark Campbell. “It also has a mercurial and magical quality that deserves to be listened to again and again and I’m thrilled that PENTATONE and Santa Fe Opera want to preserve his work in a recording. With The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, we hope to introduce a new audience to opera; this recording will certainly help us meet that goal at Santa Fe and beyond.”

More About The (R)evolutions of Steve Jobs

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs begins at a critical moment in Jobs’ life and circles back to examine the people and experiences that shaped one of the most influential figures of our time: his father’s mentorship, his devotion to Buddhism, his relationships, his rise and fall as a mogul, and finally his marriage to Laurene Jobs, who showed him the power of human connection. Mason Bates, a genius at combining traditional symphony orchestra with electronic sounds, composes this world premiere opera with master librettist Mark Campbell. It captures the buzzing sphere of Silicon Valley with a kinetic electro-acoustic score, an absorbing non-linear narrative, and a high-tech production directed by Kevin Newbury.

In the spirit of Steve Jobs’ innovation in the tech industry, this production promises to push boundaries. Victoria “Vita” Tzykun, the production’s scenic designer, collaborated with video projection designer Benjamin Pearcy from 59 Productions and lighting designer Japhy Weideman to create a minimal design with endless possibilities. Rounding out the creative team are costume designer Paul Carey and choreographer Chloe Treat.

In the role of Steve Jobs is baritone Edward Parks, joined by mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as his wife Laurene Powell Jobs, who plays a pivotal role in revealing his emotional, human side. Bass Wei Wu performs as Jobs’ spiritual advisor, Kôbun Chino Otogawa, tenor Garrett Sorenson as Woz, his friend and business partner, and baritone Kelly Markgraf sings the role of his father, Paul Jobs. Leading this production are conductors Michael Christie (July 22, 26, August 4, 10, and 15) and Robert Tweten (August 25).


PENTATONE’s reputation for excellence is supported by a catalogue of some of the very best that classical music has to offer. PENTATONE is a classical music label specialising in high-end recordings with top international artists. It was founded in the Netherlands in 2001 by three former Philips Classics executives. More than a decade later, PENTATONE is continuously realising the vision, by pushing boundaries to produce the highest quality recordings. In 2017, John Corigliano’s Ghosts of Versailles, part of the American Opera Series, has won multiple awards for the 59th Grammy Awards as Best Opera Recording and Best Engineered Album.

PENTATONE’s catalogue includes performances of conductors like Marek Janowski, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Jakub Hrusa, Sir Neville Marriner, Yakov Kreizberg, Lawrence Foster, Philippe Herreweghe, Marc Albrecht, Kazuki Yamada, Charles Dutoit, Paavo Järvi, Kent Nagano and Mikhail Pletnev; artists like Arabella Steinbacher, Julia Fischer, Denis Kozhukhin, Martin Helmchen, Nareh Arghamanyan, Mari Kodama, Johannes Moser, Matt Haimovitz, Melody Moore, Lisa Delan, Alice Coote, Elisabeth Kulman, Nikolai Schukoff, Christian Elsner and Lester Lynch; and orchestras like the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Houston Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Festival Strings Lucerne, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Orchestre Philharmonique de Luxembourg, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Wiener Symphoniker.

The mission of The Santa Fe Opera is to advance the operatic art form by presenting ensemble performances of the highest quality in a unique setting with a varied repertory of new, rarely performed, and standard works; to ensure the excellence of opera’s future through apprentice programs for singers, technicians, and arts administrators; and to foster and enrich an understanding and appreciation of opera among a diverse public.