The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs


John Moore
Steve Jobs

Sarah Larsen
Laurene Powell Jobs

Bille Bruley
Steve Wozniak

Elizabeth Sutphen
Chrisann Brennan

Adam Lau
Kōbun Chino Otogawa

Daniel Armstrong
Paul Jobs

Gretchen Krupp


Michael Christie

Tomer Zvulun
Original production & staging

Rebecca Herman
Associate Director

Jacob Climer
Set & Costume Designer

Robert Wierzel
Lighting Designer

S. Katy Tucker
Projection Designer

Rick Jacobsohn
Sound Designer

Melanie Steele
Wig & Makeup Designer

Composer: Mason Bates
Librettist: Mark Campbell
Premiere Date: July 22, 2017, Santa Fe Opera

Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs, one of the most influential people of the modern age, is transformed into a dramatic character in this compelling 2017 opera by DJ and composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. As the character Jobs looks back on a life dappled by dizzying heights and crushing disappointments, this charismatic, hard-driving visionary confronts the complexities of life and death. Cast in an appealing electro-acoustic soundscape generated by Mac laptop (of course) and live musicians, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs cycles through key moments in his lifelong–and futile–pursuit of perfection and control over everything that matters to him.

A co-production with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Austin Opera, Utah Opera, & Calgary Opera

Performed in English with English supertitles

Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre


A co-production with Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Austin Opera, Utah Opera, & Calgary Opera
photo: Felipe Barral

Upcoming Events

Digital Preshow Talk with the Director, Composer, and Librettist

One hour prior to the start of each performance | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre | 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
Free to all ticket holders | General admission

Join us one hour prior to the start of each performance for a special Digital presentation, featuring director Tomer Zvulun, composer Mason Bates, and librettist Mark Campbell. Learn the story behind the opera and what inspired the composer and librettist. Conducted by artists and opera aficionados, pre-opera talks give you a better understanding of the opera and a boost of energy before the curtain goes up.

Post-show Talkback with the Composer and Librettist

Saturday, April 30 – immediately following the performance | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre | 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
Free to all ticket holders | General admission

Join us opening night for an exclusive talk-back and Q&A with composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, immediately following the production.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs – Opera’s Night Out Afterparty

PERFORMANCE: Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre | 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339
AFTERPARTY: Friday, May 6 – Following the performance | Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre | 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30339

Get ready to #OperaDifferent.

After our production of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs on Friday, May 6, join us for our Opera’s Night Out: Afterparty! Enjoy a night of music, drinks, and dancing with the official DJ of Atlanta United FC, DJ EU at the helm, and mingle with your fellow operagoers after experiencing the GRAMMY-winning opera by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell. It will be a night to remember! $50 gets you a ticket to the performance plus entry to the event

Party Package

Let us choose your seats and you save with the Party Package. Package includes ticket to The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs plus entry to the afterparty. Tickets will be emailed within 48 hours of purchase.

Party Add-On

Have a ticket to the show already? Choose the Party add-on for $25. All party attendees must have a ticket to the performance.

The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs – LIVE STREAM

Friday, May 6 at 8 p.m. | available on Spotlight Media

Any device. Any place. ONE NIGHT ONLY.

Stream The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs LIVE on May 6 at 8:00 PM EST and witness the triumph and tragedy of the polarizing pioneer of tech on your favorite device! Reserve your place to stream the GRAMMY-winning opera by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell and experience the next stage of opera.

FREE for Spotlight Members or purchase the one-time event for $19.99!

Past Event

Community Conversation: Impact, Arts, & Technology
Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 2 p.m. | Ferst Center for the Arts | 349 Ferst Drive, NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
Free – Registration required

The Atlanta Opera and Georgia Tech Arts partner to explore how technology – from film to artificial intelligence – is changing the way we present and think about conventional artmaking. How do we update traditionally “analog” genres like opera? Is this the goal? What do we lose or gain when we limit the creation of art to humans? Panelists will discuss these topics in light of their upcoming projects, a wide array of creative work which includes Kahane’s Magnificent Bird, filming for The (R)Evolution of Steve Jobs (the Opera’s upcoming new production), and Howell’s work exploring emotional meaning-making with biosensors and biodata.

Gabriel Kahane – singer-songwriter, composer
Felipe Barral – filmmaker, Director of The Atlanta Opera Film Studio
Dr. Noura Howell – Assistant Professor, Digital Media, Georgia Institute of Technology
Moderated by Aaron Shackelford – Director of Georgia Tech Arts at Georgia Institute of Technology

photo: Felipe Barral

Get the Feeling



1965: The Jobs family garage, Los Altos

Paul Jobs presents his son Steve with a workbench as a birthday present and calls it “a fine place to start.”

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2007: The stage of a convention center, San Francisco

An adult Steve Jobs delivers a public launch of his company’s new product—“one device”—that will revolutionize technology. He ends his pitch noticeably weak and short of breath.

2007, directly after: Corporate offices, Cupertino

Steve retreats to his office. His wife Laurene chides him for not taking better care of himself and losing himself in his work. She asks him to return home.

2007, later that afternoon: The hills around Cupertino

Steve goes on a long meditative walk. He encounters Kōbun Chino Otogawa, Steve’s former spiritual mentor in Sōtō Zen Buddhism, who died five years before. Steve remembers something he once said: “You can’t connect the dots going forward. You can only connect them going backward.” As they gaze at the sunset, Kōbun prompts Steve to acknowledge his mortality.

1973: A class in calligraphy, Reed College, Oregon

A teacher discusses the significance of the ensō, a circle drawn in Japanese calligraphy. Steve is inspired by the aesthetic ideas of elegance and simplicity.

1973: The garage of the Jobs family home, Los Altos

Steve’s best friend Steve Wozniak has created a “blue box,” a device that allows the user to make free telephone calls. Steve and “Woz” celebrate the ease with which they think corporate giants can be toppled.

1974: An apple orchard near Los Altos

Steve and his girlfriend Chrisann take LSD. Steve imagines their surroundings coming to life as an orchestra, playing Bach. The two start to make love when Kōbun interrupts them.

2007: The hills around Cupertino
1975: Los Altos Zen Center

Kōbun informs Steve that he cannot live at the Zen Center and hints that his destiny may lie elsewhere.

1989: A lecture Hall, Stanford University

Steve meets Laurene for the first time.

1976: The garage of the Jobs family home, Los Altos

Woz presents a new computer interface to Steve. Chrisann arrives and tells Steve that she is pregnant. When Steve demands that Chrisann end the pregnancy, she leaves in tears. Steve and Woz dream about the future of their invention, Steve remembering the orchestra in the orchard playing Bach and imagining the computer as “something we play.”

1980: Corporate offices, Cupertino

Steve severs ties with Chrisann and angers Woz by denying a fellow employee his pension. Chrisann and Woz lament the loss of the Steve they once knew.

1989: Steve Jobs’ home, Palo Alto

Steve shows Laurene his sparsely furnished home. A shared love for Ansel Adams work and Ella Fitzgerald albums prompt Laurene to encourage Steve to find meaning in his work.

1981–1986: Corporate offices, Cupertino

Steve denies palimony to Chrisann for their child, Lisa, and offends Woz, who quits. Demoted by the board of directors, Steve bitterly leaves the company he founded.

SCENE 13–15
2007: The hills around Cupertino
1989: A lecture hall, Stanford University (REPLAY)
1989: Steve Jobs’ home, Palo Alto (REPLAY)

Kōbun reminds Steve that it was necessary for him to learn from his mistakes. He helps Steve relive the more positive aspects of his life, like Laurene.

2007: Steve Jobs’ home

Steve returns home after his walk to find Laurene waiting for him. She confronts him and persuades him to finally accept his illness and mortality. Laurene leaves and Steve is alone. Kōbun conjures the best day in Steve’s life: the day he married Laurene.

1991: Yosemite National Park
2011: Stanford University Chapel

Attendees of the wedding gather in a circle while Kōbun officiates a Buddhist ceremony. Steve steps away to express his love for Laurene. The wedding scene changes suddenly into another ceremony and Kōbun informs Steve that he is witnessing his own memorial celebration. Steve protests a few production elements in the service, and Kōbun tells him to be still, to simplify. Laurene and Woz contemplate Steve’s legacy and their time with him. Finally, Laurene is left alone and observes that while Steve will be both lionized and demonized, no one can deny his influence on the world.

1965: The garage of the Jobs family home, Los Altos

As Laurene looks on, Paul Jobs presents his son with a workbench on his birthday… “a fine place to start.”

Characters & Cast

Steve Jobs

John Moore

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Laurene Jobs

Sarah Larsen

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Steve Wozniak

Bille Bruley

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Chrisann Brennan

Elizabeth Sutphen

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Kōbun Chino Otogawa

Adam Lau

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Paul Jobs

Daniel Armstrong


Gretchen Krupp

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A First Timer’s Guide

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Mason Bates

Composer of the Grammy-winning opera The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Mason Bates serves as the first composer-in-residence of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Championed by legendary conductors such as Riccardo Muti, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Leonard Slatkin, his symphonic music is the first to receive widespread acceptance for its unique integration of electronic sounds, and he was named the most-performed composer of his generation in a recent survey of American music.  His opera was hailed as one of the best-selling productions in the history of Santa Fe Opera and was awarded the 2019 Grammy for Best Opera Recording.  In 2018, he was named Composer of the Year by Musical America.

As both a DJ and a curator, he has become a visible advocate for bringing new music to new spaces, whether through institutional partnerships such as his former residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, or through his club/classical project Mercury Soul, which transforms commercial clubs into exciting hybrid musical events. He has also composed for films, including Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts. He serves on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, which offers instruction in both composition and music technology.



Mark Campbell

On the heels (at least in “opera time”) of the success of Kevin Puts’ and his opera Silent Night in 2016, Mark Campbell is thrilled to be rejoining Atlanta Opera this season with two works he co-created: The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs and As One. Mark’s work as a librettist  have received both the Pulitzer Prize in Music (2012) and a GRAMMY Award (2018) and is at the forefront of the contemporary American opera scene. A prolific writer, he has penned 37 opera librettos, lyrics for 7 musicals, and the text for 5 song cycles and 2 oratorios. Mark’s other successful works include The Shining, Stonewall, Later the Same Evening, Burke & Mr. Hare, The Manchurian Candidate, The Other Room, Edward Tulane, Empty the House, The Inspector, Approaching Ali, A Letter to East 11th Street, Volpone, Bastianello/Lucrezia, Songs from an Unmade Bed, Sanctuary Road and A Nation of Others. Mark has received many other prestigious prizes for his work, including the first Kleban Foundation Award for Lyricist, 2 Richard Rodgers Awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 3 Drama Desk nominations, a Jonathan Larson Foundation Award, a New York Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship, the first Dominic J. Pelliciotti Award, and a grant from the New York State Council of the Arts. Mark is also an advocate for contemporary American opera and serves as a mentor for future generations of opera creators through such organizations as American Opera Projects, American Lyric Theatre, and Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative. Upcoming premieres include The Secret River for Opera Orlando (Stella Sung, composer), Supermax for Saratoga Opera, (Stewart Wallace, composer); A Thousand Acres for Des Moines Metro Opera (Kristin Kuster, composer) and the book for the musical Les Girls for Théatre du Châtelet (Cole Porter, composer).



Michael Christie

Grammy award-winning conductor Michael Christie, newly appointed Music Director of the New West Symphony, is a thoughtfully innovative conductor, equally at home in the symphonic and opera worlds, who is focused on making the audience experience at his performances entertaining, enlightening, and enriching.

Christie won a 2019 Grammy Award (Best Opera Recording) for the world premiere recording of Mason Bates’ The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs with The Santa Fe Opera (PENTATONE), and was featured in Opera News in August 2012 as one of 25 people believed to “break out and become major forces in the field in the coming decade.” At Minnesota Opera, Christie led 24 productions over eight years, six seasons as its first-ever Music Director (2012-2018).

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2019-2020 is Christie’s first full season as Music Director of the New West Symphony, and he will lead operas with Indiana University Opera and Ballet Theater, San Francisco Opera, and Lyric Opera of Kansas City. Recent world premiere performances include An American Soldier by Huang Ruo with Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2018 and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs by Mason Bates with Santa Fe Opera in 2017.

Christie’s conducting career, spanning more than 20 years, has included serving as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony and Brooklyn Philharmonic and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra in Australia, as well as guest appearances leading top orchestras around the world. Christie also served as Music Director of the Colorado Music Festival from 2000-2013.

Michael Christie first came to international attention in 1995 when he was awarded a special prize for “Outstanding Potential” at the First International Sibelius Conductors’ Competition in Helsinki. Following the competition, he was invited to become an apprentice conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he subsequently worked with Daniel Barenboim as well as at the Berlin State Opera. Christie holds a bachelors degree in trumpet from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Alexis, a physician, and their two children.

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Tomer Zvulun

General and Artistic Director of The Atlanta Opera since 2013, Israeli born Tomer Zvulun is also one of leading stage director of his generation, earning consistent praise for his creative vision and innovative interpretations. His work has been presented by prestigious opera houses in Europe, South and Central America, Israel and the US, including The Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Seattle Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Dallas, San Diego, Boston, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Israeli Opera, and the festivals of Wexford, Glimmerglass and Wolf Trap, as well as leading educational institutes and universities such as The Juilliard School, Indiana University, and Boston University.

Tomer spent seven seasons on the directing staff of the Metropolitan Opera where he directed revivals of Carmen and Tosca and was involved with more than a dozen new productions. He is a frequent guest director in companies such as Seattle Opera (Semele, La Bohème, Eugene Onegin, Lucia di Lammermoor), Dallas Opera (Die Fledermaus, La Bohème), Houston (Flying Dutchman, Rigoletto), Wexford Festival (Silent Night, Dinner at Eight), Cincinnati Opera (Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Flying Dutchman), Wolf Trap (Falstaff, Don Giovanni), Israeli Opera (Dead Man Walking, Giulio Cesare) among others. His European premiere of Silent Night at the Wexford Festival received two Irish Times Awards and traveled from Ireland to Washington National Opera, The Glimmerglass Festival and the opera companies of Atlanta, Austin and Salt Lake City.

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Zvulun directed over 15 new productions in his home company in Atlanta, including Dead Man Walking, Flying Dutchman, Soldier Songs, Silent Night, Maria de Buenos Aires, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Magic Flute, and Eugene Onegin to name but a few. During Tomer’s tenure, the company’s fundraising has tripled, resulting in twice the number of productions presented annually. His focus on innovation has garnered national attention and resulted in a Harvard Business School case study chronicling The Atlanta Opera’s turnaround, an International Opera Awards nomination, an ArtsATL Luminary Award, and an invitation to deliver a TEDx Talk about innovation in opera.

His upcoming projects include a new Rigoletto in Houston; a new Salome in Atlanta and Kansas City; revivals of his acclaimed production of Eugene Onegin in Montreal, Seattle and Palm Beach; Silent Night at Utah Opera; and Madama Butterfly and Glory Denied in Atlanta. He is currently working on developing a world premiere based on Anne Frank’s Diary and Sensorium Ex, a world premiere based on a story about artificial intelligence.

Tomer’s recent shows have traveled across continents, receiving critical acclaim for their striking visuals and cinematic quality. Some of them included The Flying Dutchman (Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta), Dinner at Eight (Wexford Festival, Minnesota Opera), Eugene Onegin (Seattle, Atlanta, Detroit, Kansas City), Lucia di Lammermoor (Seattle, Atlanta, Cleveland) Silent Night (Wexford, Atlanta, Glimmerglass, Washington, Austin), Soldier Songs (Atlanta, San Diego), Dead Man Walking (New Orleans, Atlanta), La Bohème (Seattle, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Atlanta, Dallas), Lucrezia Borgia (Buenos Aires), Gianni Schicchi (Juilliard, IVAI Tel Aviv), L’heaure Espagnole (Juilliard), Magic Flute (Cincinnati, Atlanta, Indiana University), Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap, Cincinnati), Die Fledermaus (Dallas, Kansas City), Falstaff (Wolf Trap, Des Moines), Rigoletto (Boston, Atlanta, Omaha, Charlotte), Madama Butterfly (Atlanta, Castleton Festival, New Orleans), Tosca (National Theatre Panama, Atlanta) and Semele (Seattle).

Tomer Zvulun was born and raised in Israel, attended the open University in Tel Aviv and Harvard Business School and makes his home in Atlanta.