The late Steve Jobs must be furious, fizzing somewhere on his black polo-neck cloud. For he is not the edgy pioneer he thought he was. Adam, the first human, beat him to the techno-punch. Adam had a Macbook Pro from the get-go of creation. Even before the Fax machine was thought of. At least, he constantly peers at one in the opening scene of Dutch National Opera’s new revival of The First Humans, by Rudi Stephan, now showing on the Arte Opera channel here. Not only the first human, the first laptop. Cain sports the first tuxedo. Welcome to a GQ themed genesis.
The New York Times has called for the cancellation of Puccini’s Turandot, forgetting that much of opera is based on creative fiction.