Mark Gresham | 24 FEB 2023
Today is the birthday, of Steve Jobs (1955–2011), the iconic American entrepreneur and industrial designer who was the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc.
What an appropriate day for The Atlanta Opera Film Studio to release its latest production, The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. The Atlanta Opera’s 2022 production of the opera by composer Mason Bates and librettist Mark Campbell, based on the life and character of Steve Jobs, was the basis for developing the film version, which combines footage from three different performance nights with additional creative sequences filmed on location at Serenbe and in the company’s green screen studio. The final film includes 44 cinematic overlays on top of the staged show footage.
“This movie is one of our highest achievements in terms of what we see as a new genre blending opera with cinema, creating a version of the show that people won’t forget,” says co-director and led cinematographer Felipe Barral. “Very complex, as you can imagine, and something we think will (r)evolutionize the way opera looks on film. It becomes a new experience for viewers, even those who have seen the show live.”
The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs is only the latest among a string of films produced by The Atlanta Opera over several years.
“We created The Atlanta Opera Film Studio with a very cinematic style in mind to push opera forward into the screens, with all its beauty and stories,” says Barral. “So from film to documentaries, series, livestream events, and short-form content (including podcasts), we are bringing a groundbreaking way of storytelling forward.”
Co-directed by Tomer Zvulun and Felipe Barral, the film stars John Moore as Steve Jobs, with Sarah Larsen as Laurene Powell Jobs, Bille Bruley as Steve Wozniak, Elizabeth Sutphen as Chrisann Brennan, Adam Lau as Kōbun Chino Otogawa, Daniel Armstrong as Paul Jobs, Gretchen Krupp as a teacher, and Joseph Waller as the young Steve Jobs.
Details for accessing and viewing the film online are available at The Atlanta Opera Film Studio where streaming of The Revolution of Steve Jobs goes live today beginning at 5:00pm ET. ■
- The Atlanta Opera: atlantaopera.org