Lyric Opera of Chicago
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  • 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. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended as seats will go quickly!

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

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

Free admission



Sylvia Szadovszki 


James Onstad 
Tosca - Brian Jagde 

Elder Constance
Leah Dexter


David Govertsen  

Tosca - Mark Delavan 

Shannon McGinnis


Dawn Gingrich


Zachary Good


Matthew Ozawa    


Costume Designer
Sally Dolembo

Tosca - Michael Black 

Set Designer
William Boles   


 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.