The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, an opera based on the life of Apple’s late co-founder and CEO, won the Grammy for best opera recording last night.
The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra recording of composer Mason Bates’ opera beat out nominees including Doctor Atomic by John Adams, Alceste by John-Baptiste Lully, Der Rosenkavalier by Strauss and Rigoletto by Verdi. The classical music winners were announced in a ceremony that took place before Sunday’s prime-time Grammy telecast. The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs was nominated in other categories as well.
The 90-minute opera is based on the life of the iconic Apple co-founder, and features a score by electronica composer Bates and libretto by Mark Campbell. It begins with a prologue with Jobs' father, Paul Jobs, giving his son a workbench in the garage of the family home in Los Altos, California. The opera then travels to 2007 and the unveiling of the first iPhone, then back and forth between 2007 and the early years of Apple.