Opera in the Neighborhoods

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Opera in the Neighborhoods
brings live performances of youth-focused operas to neighborhood venues throughout the Chicago area.

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Second Nature - Lyric Opera of Chicago

  • By Matthew Aucoin

  • A new, original youth opera commissioned by Lyric Unlimited from the brilliant young composer the Wall Street Journal called "the next Leonard Berstein." 

  • 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. This entertaining and thought-provoking opera will delight students and inspire further exploration. 

  • For grades 3-6
  • 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.
  • Bus scholarships available to qualifying schools

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 J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes and cosponsors two Anonymous DonorsJoyce E. ChelbergDover FoundationBrent and Katie Gledhill, Goldman SachsMr. and Mrs. Eric L. HirschfieldKenneth R. Norgan, the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, Marilyn D. Ezri, M.D.Walter Family Foundation, and Wintrust Community Banks.  

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

Fall Tour Schedule

*Reservations available August 1st, 2015. 
+Reservations available September 1st, 2015.

Teacher Professional Development Workshop

  • Tuesday, August 18, 2015 
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
  • The Farmhouse at Lincoln Park Zoo 
  • $35 per person 
  • 3 ISBE professional development credits available

  • Second Nature presents ideal opportunities to enhance student learning in English language arts, science, and the arts. Lyric Unlimited is collaborating with Lincoln Park Zoo to present a professional development workshop to help teachers prepare their students to get the most out of this compelling new opera.

  • Learn about Second Nature and the story-based art of opera
  • Discover the vital role 21st-century zoos play in animal care, science, and conservation
  • Experience Second Nature before the public premiere by attending the dress rehearsal
  • Extend your knowledge afterwards with an option free tour of Lincoln Park Zoo

  • Participants will also receive student learning materials and resources aligned with state and national learning standards. 

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  • Lyric Unlimited and Lincoln Park Zoo are creating educational materials and resources for students and teachers that address learning standards in English language arts, science, and the arts. These wonderful companion pieces will be available here in late August.