“The (R)evolution Of Steve Jobs” at The Seattle Opera

07.07.18
Mason Bates
Blouin Art Info

This season, The Seattle Opera brings to town ”The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.” a depiction of the life and times of Jobs, the iconic leader of the tech company Apple.
 
After what The Washington Post calls it’s premiere’s “rapturous reception,”  the surprise hit of the 2017 Santa Fe Opera season makes its West Coast debut at McCaw Hall. Marin Independent Journal  says that this run off the mill innovative and crowd-pleasing portrait of Steve Jobs “does what opera does best: giving audiences a glimpse into the inner life of its title character.” The music has been composed by Mason Bates based on a Libretto by Mark Campbell.  Bates’s score shines with an eclectic mix of lyrical and rhythmic music, amalgamating traditional and electronic instrumentation. Campbell’s text is compelling and funny at the same time. It interweaves universal themes of communication and connection, treating the theme with respect and humanity.
 
The ABQ Journal observes that Kevin Newbury’s sharp and “visually stunning” staging utilizes state-of-the-art technology to artfully conjure up and skillfully transit between the 18 scenes of the Opera. It’s a remarkable example of finely tuned theatrical imagination. John Moore portrays the title character of Jobs, complete with the indispensable costume of black mock turtleneck, blue jeans and running shoes.
 
The opera features 18 scenes, beginning in the Jobs family garage in Los Altos, California in 1965 and includes scenes set at Apple’s Cupertino, California offices, Stanford University, and elsewhere.