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The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

By Mason Bates and Mark Campbell



September 22-October 7


Mason Bates


Mark Campbell


Starting at $26

Run Time

1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission



A World Forever Changed.

A device brought the world to our fingertips, connected us in unparalleled ways, and streamlined communication. But for the man behind the machine, life was far from streamlined.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, by acclaimed San Francisco composer Mason Bates and Pulitzer-winning librettist Mark Campbell, comes home to the place where it all began.

Under the baton of Michael Christie, Bates' score takes us on an operatic journey through the fragmented memory of love, betrayal, obsession and death, weaving together classical lyricism and a techno soundscape informed by the audio of early computers.

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Facing his own mortality, the tech icon Steve Jobs looks back at the triumphs and trials, breakthroughs and breakdowns, that shaped his life as a husband, father and industry leader.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs is inspired by the life and creative spirit of Steve Jobs and does not purport to depict actual events as they occurred or statements, beliefs, or opinions of the persons depicted. It has not been authorized or endorsed by Apple Inc., the Estate or Family of Steve Jobs, or by any persons depicted.


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Creative Team

Mason Bates


Mason Bates

Mark Campbell


Mark Campbell

Set Designer

Victoria (Vita) Tzykun *

Costume Designer

Paul Carey *

Lighting Designer

Japhy Weideman *

Projection Design

59 Productions *

Sound Designer

Rick Jacobsohn *

* San Francisco Opera Debut

September 22, 24, 27, 30, 2023
October 3, 7, 2023

Commissioned by San Francisco Opera, The Santa Fe Opera and Seattle Opera with support from Cal Performances and co-produced with Indiana University Jacobs School of Music


Audio excerpts are from 2017 performances of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs at Santa Fe Opera, recorded by Pentatone, Catalogue No.  PTC5186690, featuring the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra conducted by Michael Christie.  Provided courtesy of Santa Fe Opera, Pentatone, and Naxos of America.

“Only one device”/Edward Parks (Steve Jobs); Interlude/Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Laurene’s Aria/Sasha Cooke (Laurene Powell Jobs)



Made Possible By

This production is made possible, in part, by Dr. and Mrs. William M. Coughran; Keith
and Priscilla Geeslin; John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn; Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem; Barbara A. Wolfe

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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