Second Nature

Upcoming Dates

Second Nature

by Matthew Aucoin

Set in a fictional future when humans have retreated from nature because of the deteriorating environment, Second Nature tells the story of two inquisitive and courageous youths who decide to leave the safety of their artificial habitat and work to heal the planet. 

This 45-minute, world – premiere opera is specially designed for families with children ages 7 to 12 and will be presented in Café Brauer at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Stay after the opera for a 15-minute discussion with the Lincoln Park Zoo! Admission is free, but reservations are recommended as seats will go quickly.

World-Premiere Performances:
Wednesday, August 19 at 10am and 12pm
Thursday, August 20 at 4pm and 6pm

Free admission

Click here to reserve!

Lincoln Park Zoo – Café Brauer 
2021 N Stockton Dr, Chicago
Click here for directions and parking information


Lincoln Park Zoo

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 two Anonymous Donors, Joyce E. Chelberg, Dover Foundation, Goldman Sachs, Mr. and Mrs. Eric L. Hirschfield, Ken Norgan, 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.