Photo by Cory Weaver. Everest, 2018.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

The story of the personal computer has never been more personal.


February 27, 2021 | 7:30 PM
March 3, 2021 | 7:30 PM
March 5, 2021 | 7:30 PM
March 7, 2021 | 2:00 PM

At the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


Approximate running time is 1 hour, 42 minutes with no intermission.

The Story

In a production as daring and innovative as the man who inspired it, this opera is an immersive exploration of the life of Steve Jobs on his journey from hippie idealist to tech icon. Known as a relentless entrepreneur and an unapologetic provocateur, every piece of Jobs’s life reveals a little more of the puzzle as we try to discern how a person whose devices have connected us in so many ways could be the same person who struggled to make meaningful connections with the people closest to him. Beneath the towering Silicon Valley legend, behind the controversy-courting hero glorified on magazine covers, and between the lines of ones and zeroes, is the story of a complicated human being whose public revelations changed the world, and whose personal demons had lasting consequences of their own.

Understand Every Word

 The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs will be sung in English, with English subtitles.

Pre-Opera Talk

Arrive early to enjoy a FREE Pre-Opera Talk before each Lyric Opera performance at the Kauffman Center, sponsored by the Lyric Opera Guild.

Pre-opera talks start one hour before curtain and last about 30 minutes.


Photos of the show

  • The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Photo by Jacob Lucas for Seattle Opera.
    The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Photo by Jacob Lucas for Seattle Opera.

Principal Cast

Steve Jobs – John MooreJohn Michael Moore Headshot
Moore’s 2019-20 season includes the role of Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona Opera’s Shining Brow, the title role in Eugene Onegin with Seattle Opera, and Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with  New Zealand Opera. Future seasons include engagements with The Dallas Opera and The Metropolitan Opera. Moore’s repertoire of roles at The Metropolitan Opera includes: Papageno in The Magic Flute, Fléville in Andrea Chénier, Curio in Giulio Cesare, and Donald in Billy Budd. Other recent engagements include Figaro in Welsh National Opera’s The Barber of Seville and Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Seattle Opera and Glyndebourne Opera’s touring ensemble.

Laurene Powell Jobs – Sarah LarsenSarah Larsen Headshot
Sarah Larsen appears regularly on opera stages throughout North America. A regular at The Metropolitan Opera, she has appeared in productions of Werther, Parsifal, and most recently as Flora in La traviata. In the 2020-21 season, she returns to Seattle Opera as Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana and makes her role debut as Laurene Powell Jobs in a new production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Austin Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Larsen has appeared with Santa Fe Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, and at The Tanglewood Festival, among others.

Steve Wozniak – Bille Bruley *Bille Bruley Headshot
In the 2019-2020 season, Bille Bruley debuts with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis as Sam in Susannah, joins the roster of Lyric Opera of Chicago to cover Father Grenville and Howard Boucher in Dead Man Walking, and debuts with Colorado Symphony in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. He also makes his New York recital debut singing The Diary of One Who Disappeared at 92nd Street Y. Highlights from previous seasons include Britten’s War Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony, and a return to The Santa Fe Opera, where he created the role of Benjamin in the world premiere of The Thirteenth Child.

Chrisann Brennan – Madison Leonard *
In 2019-20, Madison Leonard sings Gilda in Rigoletto at Seattle Opera and Austin Opera, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte with North Carolina Opera, and Emmeline in Emmeline with Tulsa Opera. She also returns to Florida Orchestra for Pulcinella. Recently, she was seen as Ilia in Idomeneo and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette at Wolf Trap Opera; Chrisann Brennan in The [R]evolution of Steve Jobs and Frasquita in Carmen with Seattle Opera; Morgana in Alcina and Little Zegner Sister in Proving Up at Washington National Opera, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro at Inland Northwest Opera. She is a 2018 winner of the Metropolitan National Council Auditions.

Kōbun Chino Otogawa – Wei Wu *Wei Wu Headshot
A native of China, Grammy Award-winning bass Wei Wu recently made his company debut with The Santa Fe Opera as Kōbun in the world premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, a role which he will also reprise in his debut with San Francisco Opera in Spring 2020. His 2019-20 season also features a company debut with Opera Philadelphia as The Bonze in Madama Butterfly, and he returns to Washington National Opera for role debuts as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte and Lodovico in Otello. He also appears with NCPA Beijing as the Four Villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann.

* Lyric Opera Debut
+ LOKC Resident Artist
~ LOKC Apprentice Artist
@ Former LOKC Resident Artist

Creative Team

Conductor Michael Christie
Director Tomer Zvulun
Set Designer Jacob Climer *
Costume Designer Jacob Climer *
Lighting Designer Robert Wierzel
Projection Designer S. Katy Tucker *
Chorus Master Piotr Wisniewski

* Lyric Opera Debut

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