Photo by Jacob Lucas for Seattle Opera

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

Great visionaries only reveal themselves in hindsight. 

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. Every piece of Jobs’s life reveals more of the puzzle, as we try to discern how a person whose devices have connected us in so many ways could struggle to make meaningful connections with the people closest to him. Beneath the towering Silicon Valley legend, 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.

Friday, March 11, 2022 | 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 12, 2022  | 7:30 pm

Sunday, March 13, 2022  | 2:00 pm

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COMPOSER Mason Bates

LIBRETTIST Mark Campbell

CONDUCTOR Michael Christie

DIRECTOR Tomer Zvulun

Understand every word: Performed in English with English subtitles.

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Principal Cast

Steve Jobs, John Moore

During the COVID-19 impacted 2020-2021 season, John Moore’s engagements include the title role in Eugene Onegin with his hometown Minnesota Opera (cancelled), Handel’s Messiah with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (postponed), the title role in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with Atlanta Opera, Austin Opera, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City (postponed), Brahms’ Requiem with the San Diego Symphony (cancelled), and Conte Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with New Zealand Opera. Future seasons include a return to The Metropolitan Opera and the rescheduled tour of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.

Laurene Powell Jobs, Sarah Larsen

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 (La traviata). In the coming 2021-2022 season, she returns to The Met stage as the Second Lady (The Magic Flute). Further performances in the season include 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 The Tanglewood Festival. 

Steve Wozniak, Bille Bruley

Tenor Bille Bruley begins the 2021-2022 season with debuts at Austin Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Atlanta Opera for a new production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs directed by Tomer Zvulun and a return to Arizona Opera for Così fan tutte (Ferrando). Recent performance highlights include a return to The Santa Fe Opera for the world premiere of Poul Ruders’ The Thirteenth Child (Benjamin), and Britten’s War Requiem with the Tulsa Symphony.  COVID-19 cancellations included debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for Tristan und Isolde (Sailor/ Shepherd), Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for Susannah (Sam), and Colorado Symphony in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at Red Rocks.

Chrisann Brennan, Madison Leonard

In the 2021-22 season, Madison Leonard will debut with Lyric Opera of Kansas City in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs following her return to Austin Opera as Chrisann Brennan (The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs). She will also make her debut with Utah Opera as Mabel (Pirates of Penzance). Future seasons see her debut with Dallas Opera as well as another role debut with Austin Opera. Her recent performances include Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier (Garsington Opera), Gilda in Rigoletto (Seattle Opera, Austin Opera), Adina in L’elisir d’amore and Chrisann Brennan in The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs (Seattle Opera), Morgana in Alcina (Washington National Opera), and Ilia in Idomeneo and Juliette in Roméo et Juliette (Wolf Trap Opera).

Kōbun Chino Otogawa, Wei Wu

A native of China, Grammy Award-winning bass Wei Wu recently made his company debut with the Santa Fe Opera as Kobun in the world premiere production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. COVID-19 affected 2020-2021 season engagements included the Inspector in the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon’s Woman with Eyes Closed with Opera Philadelphia (postponed), his role debut as Gremin (Eugene Onegin) in a return to Minnesota Opera (cancelled), and Ferrando (Il trovatore) with Portland Opera in his company debut (cancelled). Future seasons include the rescheduled tour of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.

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  • 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.

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