The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
by Austin Opera

Feb. 05 - Feb. 06, 2022
Thursday, Saturday-Sunday

Austin Opera is proud to present the Texas Premiere of Mason Bates and Mark Campbell’s The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, February 3, 5, & 6, 2022. This new take on the life of Apple pioneer Steve Jobs caused a sensation at its 2017 world premiere at Santa Fe Opera, and the live recording went on to win the 2019 Grammy for Best Opera Recording. According to Seattle Weekly, “Mason Bates’ score is unfailingly inventive and often gorgeous…”

Making his Austin Opera debut in the title role is baritone John Moore, praised by Stereophile as a “vocally and theatrically exceptional Steve Jobs.” Joining him in company debuts are Sarah Larsen (Laurene Powell Jobs), Bille Bruley (Steve Wozniak) and member of the Grammy-Award winning cast Wei Wu (Kobun Chino Otogawa.) Plus, Madison Leonard, who triumphed as Gilda in 2019’s Rigoletto, returns to Austin as Chrisann Brennan.

It seems fitting that this groundbreaking new co-production created by Austin Opera, Atlanta Opera, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City will premiere in Austin, Texas, a city simultaneously known as “Silicon Hills” and the “Live Music Capital of the World.” Tomer Zvulun, creator of Austin Opera’s award-winning production of Silent Night, returns to direct.

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 therein.

Feature/review by Michael Barnes,, Feb. 8, 2022

CTXLT review, February 12, 2022: When all was sung and done, THE (R)EVOLUTION OF STEVE JOBS seemed more like a 100-minute product placement for Apple, scored with Mason Bates's excitingly audacious music.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs
by Mason Bates and Mark Campbell
Austin Opera

Thursday, Saturday-Sunday,
February 05 - February 06, 2022
Long Center
701 West Riverside Drive
Austin, TX, 78704

February  5, and 6, 2022 (Feb 3 opening cancelled due to inclement weather)

  • Music by Mason Bates
  • Libretto by Mark Campbell
  • Based on the life of Steve Jobs
  • In English with projected English titles
  • New Co-Production between Atlanta Opera, Austin Opera, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City
  • An opera in 1 act
  • Approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes in length