The San Francisco Opera has announced that it will present “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” the first full-length opera written by Bay Area composer Mason Bates and set to a libretto by Mark Campbell in 2019-20 season.
It will join Santa Fe Opera and Seattle Opera, with support from Cal Performances as a co-commissioner.
The new work will be a co-production with Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music and will have its world premiere beginning July 22, 2017, at Santa Fe Opera. Kevin Newbury will direct.
In a press release, San Francisco Opera General Director Matthew Shilvock said, “This is a profoundly moving new opera that I am excited to bring to Northern California audiences. Steve Jobs was an iconic figure in contemporary life whose genius has impacted the very way in which we engage with the world. But he was also a real person and a member of our immediate community. Mason’s new opera is a deeply layered, moving portrayal of a man grappling with the complex priorities of life, family and work. Like all great operas, I have been so impressed by how it speaks to the universality of the human condition. This is not just an opera about one man. It is an opera about all of us.”
OperaWire was present at a work in progress forum at the Guggenheim Museum where the opera’s music was previewed and Bates, Newbury, and Campbell spoke about their vision for the work.