Second Nature

Second Nature

by Matthew Aucoin

In English  

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. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended as seats will go quickly! A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

World-Premiere Performances:
Lincoln Park Zoo – Café Brauer
2021 N Stockton Dr, Chicago

Wednesday, August 19 at 10am
Wednesday, August 19 at 12pm
Thursday, August 20 at 4pm 
Thursday, August 20 at 6pm

Free admission
Reservations for these performances have reached capacity and we are unable to take more at this time. 
A limited number of walk-up seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis immediately prior to each performance.

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Performance Running Time: 45 minutes with a 15 minute post-opera discussion

In partnership with
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 J. Christopher and Anne N. Reyes and cosponsors two Anonymous Donors, Joyce E. Chelberg, Dover Foundation, Brent and Katie Gledhill, Goldman Sachs, Mr. and Mrs. Eric L. Hirschfield, Kenneth R. Norgan, the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, Marilyn D. Ezri, M.D., the 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.

Thank you for your interest in reserving seats for Second Nature. Due to overwhelming demand, our reservations have reached capacity. A limited number of walk-up seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis just before each curtain time, so we hope to see you at the Lincoln Park Zoo in August for this special premiere!