Rediscovering The Universe Within
Many of us wanted to change the world. Steve Jobs did. A masterful marketer who decried materialism, Jobs led a binary life — magnetic and unapproachable, empathetic and cruel, meditative and restless. He helped connect us all while building a firewall around his own emotions. Jobs' late-life search for his inner truth is at the heart of this world premiere. Composer Mason Bates' music blends expressive electronics, including guitar, with rich opera orchestration.
Performed at The Crosby Theatre
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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
Kôbun Chino Otogawa
Conductor (August 25)
Victoria “Vita” Tzykun
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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.