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Are you ready for an opera about Steve Jobs

As a “bio opera,” The (R)Evolution of Steve Jobs has plenty of company. Examples from past centuries include Handel’s Julius Caesar, Rossini’s William Tell, and Massenet’s Le Cid. But Bates’ opera belongs to a different, more modern genre. It challenges us to consider the life of an individual from our own times, to consider the meaning of that life, and then to look inward to understand the meaning of that life as it applies to our own.

What: The (R)Evolution of Steve Jobs. Fully staged performance of the opera by Mason Bates with libretto by Mark Campbell.

Where Utah Opera, Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre
With John Moore, baritone (Steve Jobs); Sarah Coit, mezzo-soprano (Laurene Powell Jobs); Wei Wu, basso (Kobun); Robert Tweten (conductor)
When May 6, 8, 10, 12, 14.

Tickets and information utahopera.org

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Semi-staged performance of Verdi’s Rigoletto by the Pacific Symphony. April 20, 22, & 25.

To millions of fans, Victor Hugo is the author of Les Misérables, the blockbuster political novel first published in France in 1862. But fewer know that his play Le roi s’amuse, written a decade earlier, is equally relevant to today’s audiences—perhaps even more so. With its deliberately suggestive title (“The King Amuses Himself”) and horrifying view of bad behavior in a royal court, this play proved so scandalous that it was shut down by censors after just one performance in Paris—even though the ruler depicted in it reigned more than three centuries earlier.

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