Steve Jobs

The man, the machine and now Steve Jobs, the opera

The man, the machine and now Steve Jobs, the opera

Mason Bates’ “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs” is an opera in search of angels. It treats the life of the Apple founder — the greatest salesman of modern times, a control freak whose command over the way people live their lives and sway over how society communicates might be the envy of dictators and prophets alike — as a spiritual journey.

It means to leave us with the belief that a man may be a man and machine merely machine. There is goodness in both, it suggests, as long as we don’t get the two confused, which we usually do. The best line in Mark Campbell’s libretto comes at the end, during Job’s 2011 memorial. His wife, Laurene, notes that the second the service is over, for...

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