The legendary Apple CEO has already inspired many works of art

Steve Jobs' life to be turned into opera

The life of Apple co-founder and legendary CEO Steve Jobs will be a subject of an opera by an ensemble from Santa Fe. 

The new production will add to the already impressive collection of works of art, which include books, documentaries and films, inspired by the sometimes controversial Jobs who passed away in 2011 aged only 56.

On Wednesday the Santa Fe Opera said the new piece will premiere during the company's 2017 season and will be written by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell.

According to the opera, the production will examine Jobs facing his own mortality while circling back to the events and people in his past that shaped and inspired him.

"We are delighted to take this journey into the life and legacy of a distinctly American figure through the creative genius of Mason Bates and Mark Campbell," said the Sante Fe Opera’s general director Charles MacKay.

Bates said Jobs's story is a great intersection of creativity, innovation and human communication. His relationship with those who helped him along that journey also will help tell the story in the opera.

"Each character will have (his or her) own music," Bates said. "When they collide, that's when it gets interesting."

The production will be the first opera by Bates, who has previously gained recognition for his work fusing traditional symphonic resources with electronic sounds.

New Mexico, of which Santa Fe is a capital, has recently embarked on several projects honouring its connections to technology innovators including Jobs and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. For example, a Route 66 motor lodge in Albuquerque where Bill Gates and Paul Allen lived while launching Microsoft is being redeveloped into apartments as part of a district revival project.

While Gates worked on his project, Jobs operated from his garage in Los Altos, California, and with partner Steve Wozniak released the compact Apple II. At the time Albuquerque was a technology hub.

Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985 in a board coup but came back 11 years later. On his second stint he introduced the iMac, the iPod and the iPhone.


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