Circling Back on a Life
Many of us want to change the world. Steve Jobs did. An enigmatic public figure, he could be magnetic yet unapproachable, empathetic yet cruel, meditative yet restless. He helped connect us all while building a firewall around his own emotions. At the heart of this world premiere is the story of a man who circles back to the formative events in his life while learning to acknowledge his own mortality.
The moving and witty libretto by Mark Campbell leaps around in time to capture the spirit of its subject. Composer Mason Bates’ music blends expressive electronics, including guitar, with rich opera orchestration.
This new opera's world premiere has been called “a triumph” (The Washington Post) and "a winning opera" (Los Angeles Times). “Santa Fe Opera has a hit on its hands” (Financial Times). It has “breathtaking inventiveness and dramatic power — a true fusion of sound and subject matter” (San Francisco Chronicle), and is "a gripping and illuminating musical, dramatic, and visual achievement — one that transcends the divides of generations and genres” (San Francisco Classical Voice).
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“Everyone here has the sense that right now is one of those moments when we are influencing the future.”
Laurene Powell Jobs
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"[Mason Bates'] music has moved the orchestra into the digital age and dissolved the boundaries of classical music."
Teresa Heinz on awarding Bates the Heinz Award
Inventing Steve Jobs
He was brilliant, enigmatic and contradictory. His face was on billboards and in magazines, his products in our pockets. But when the opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs receives its world premiere at The Santa Fe Opera in July 2017, it will illuminate a side of Steve Jobs that we’ve never seen before. It will do so as only an opera could.
Brilliant yet unknowable, Steve Jobs possessed a vision that seemed limitless. But only as his own life was ending did he find the means to look within himself. “In fact, Jobs’ search for inner peace is the story of the opera – which, in a sentence, is about a man who learns to be human again,” says composer Mason Bates.