Opera in the Neighborhoods - Lyric Opera of Chicago

Opera in the Neighborhoods

Second Nature

by Matthew Aucoin
A world premiere youth opera commissioned by Lyric Unlimited

 2013-14 OIN Photo 1


Set in a future where humans have turned their backs on nature, Second Nature tells the story of two inquisitive and courageous young people who decide to leave the safety of their artificial habitat and work to heal the planet. Newly commissioned by Lyric Unlimited, this entertaining and thought-provoking opera will delight students and inspire learning. Cast of five singers plus piano, violin, and clarinet.

Opera in the Neighborhoods brings live opera for elementary students throughout Chicago area.  

  • For grades 3-62013-14 OIN Photo 1
  • 45 minutes long, plus Q&A with the cast afterwards
  • No admission charge; suggested donation $65 per classroom
  • Tour runs October 19 - November 20
  • Performances at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m

Lyric Unlimited is collaborating with Lincoln Park Zoo to create educational materials for students and teachers that address learning standards in English language arts, science, and the arts - available for download in August, 2015. 

Lyric Unlimited and Lincoln Park Zoo are also presenting a Second Nature teacher professional development workshop on August 18, 2015 - click here for information and to reserve your space.


Opera in the Neighborhoods Second Nature Fall Tour:

Oct. 19th     Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago
Oct. 20th     Governors State University, 1 University Pkwy., University Park
Oct. 22nd    Multicultural Academy of Scholarship High School, 3120 S. Kostner Ave., Chicago
Oct. 26th     Curie Metro High School, 4959 S. Archer Ave., Chicago
Nov. 2nd     Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St., Barrington
Nov. 3rd      Addison Trail High School, 213 N. Lombard Rd., Addison
Nov. 5th      Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston
Nov. 10th    North Central College, Pfeiffer Hall, 30 N. Brainard St., Naperville
Nov. 12th    Lindblom Math and Science Academy, 6130 S. Wolcott Ave., Chicago
Nov. 13th    Lake Park High School, West Campus, 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle
Nov. 19th    Chicago High School for the Arts, 2714 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago
Nov. 20th    Andrew High School, 9001 W. 171st St., Tinley Park

Dates TBA:
Lake View High School, 4015 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago
Waukegan High School, 2325 Brookside Ave., Waukegan

Online registration for Opera in the Neighborhoods Second Nature begins July 6, 2015 - check back then to reserve space for your students.


Bus Scholarships
New this season, Lyric Unlimited offers field trip busing assistance to qualifying Chicago Public Schools. To apply, please check the appropriate box when you register for Opera in the Neighborhoods.



Major support provided by the Nancy W. Knowles Student and Family Performances fund. Second Nature and Opera in the Neighborhoods are supported by Lead Sponsor Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes and cosponsors an Anonymous Donor, Dover Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Mr. and Mrs. Eric L. Hirschfield, and the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation.

Lyric Unlimited was launched with major catalyst funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and receives major support from the Hurvis Family Foundation.

Photos by Marian Brickner, and Jaclyn Simpson Photography