There have been best-selling books and several films, now the late Apple CEO is to be immortalised in Mason Bates’ new opera.
Excerpts from a new opera, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs will preview as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s 2017 Works & Progress series before the piece premieres in full at the Santa Fe Opera in July according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
The opera about the late Apple CEO has been composed by Mason Bates, one of the most-performed living composers in the USA, who is currently in residence at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts following a three-year term as composer-in-residence with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His 2015 symphony, Anthology of Fantastic Zoology based on the book of the same name by Jorge Luis Borges, has just been nominated for a Grammy.
The libretto is by Mark Campbell, who wrote the libretto for Minnesota Opera’s 2016 adaption of Stephen King’s The Shining (with music composed by Paul Moravec) as well as Kevin Puts’ Silent Night (which won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2012).
Bates has described The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs as more of an “impressionistic portrait” of Jobs than a traditional retelling of his life, according to the Wall Street Journal. With many characters and narrative threads, Bates said the operatic format is “uniquely suited to tell this story.”
The previews, the first time any portions of the work will be heard in public, will take place on April 9 and 10 at the Guggenheim Museum. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs will premiere on July 22 at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, with baritone Edward Parks, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and bass Wei Wu making their Santa Fe debuts.