San Francisco Opera to Present ‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Ken Howard)

The San Francisco Opera is set to present the Bay Area premiere of “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.”

The opera, which is set to premiere on Sept. 22, is composed by Mason Bates with a libretto by Mark Campbell. Kevin Newbury will direct the production with Michael Christie leading the San Francisco Opera cast, Orchestra, and Chorus. Bates joins the Orchestra in the pit to perform the score’s electronic components.

“The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” is a 90-minute, electro-acoustic opera in one act that follows the titular tech mogul through a series of non-linear flashback episodes.  In a statement, Bates said, “The story of Steve Jobs exists at the intersection of creativity, technology, and human communication—a thematic crossroads that opera can explore unlike any other medium.”

The cast is headed by baritone John Moore as Steve Jobs, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as Laurene Powell Jobs, Bass Wei Wu as Jobs’ spiritual advisor Kōbun Chino Otogawa, Tenor Bille Bruley as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and soprano Olivia Smith as Jobs’ girlfriend Chrisann Brennan.

The opera is set to be performed through Oct. 7 and will be live streamed on Sept. 27 and available to watch on demand for 48 hours.