From Saturday, July 22 – Friday, August 15, 2017, conductor Michael Christie will lead world premiere performances of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs composed by Mason Bates on a libretto by Mark Campbell, presented by Santa Fe Opera. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, directed by Kevin Newbury, begins at a critical moment in Jobs’ life and examines 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. The role of Steve Jobs is sung by baritone Edward Parks, joined by mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke as his wife Laurene Powell, baritone Kelly Markgraf as his father Paul Jobs, bass Wei Wu as Kôbun Chino Otogawa, Jobs’ spiritual advisor, and tenor Garrett Sorenson as Woz, his friend and business partner.
n the spirit of Steve Jobs’ innovation in the tech industry, this production promises to push boundaries. Victoria “Vita” Tzykun, the production’s scenic designer, explains, “The products and experiences that (Steve Jobs) dreamed up with his teams defied expectations and provided a sense of wonder. That sense of wonder is what is very important to us to capture in this production. In order to provide that for modern audiences, we are harnessing cutting edge technology, and fusing it with traditional stagecraft in a way that will create a world that has never yet been seen on an operatic stage.” Steve Jobs’ concept of a minimal design that encases something with endless possibility is what inspired Tzykun’s design for the show. The physical scenic elements function holistically with the lighting design by Japhy Weideman and video projection design by 59 Productions, the combination of which will create an immersive experience. The creative team also includes costume designer Paul Carey and choreographer Chloe Treat.
More information can be found at the Santa Fe Opera site.