Lyric Unlimited will soon present a new opera in a “wild” venue – the Lincoln Park Zoo. Four world-premiere performances of Second Nature, a children’s opera by Matthew Aucoin, will take place on August 19 and 20. The 45-minute performances, recommended for children ages 7 to 12, are free and open to the public.
Second Nature takes place in a dystopian future, where humans must live in an artificial habitat due to the deterioration of the environment. Two brave children decide to venture outside in order to revive the planet. The opera’s environmentally-friendly message will be supported at each performance by an interactive, informational talk about conservation work at Lincoln Park Zoo.
This performance is part of Lyric Unlimited’s long-term initiative that brings opera to and collaborates with communities throughout Chicago. “Two facets of Lyric Unlimited’s mission are to identify and nurture new operatic talent and to present opera that explores contemporary themes in unexpected venues. Second Nature succeeds on both counts,” said Cayenne Harris, director of Lyric Unlimited. “We are so pleased that families will be able to enjoy this work that celebrates the importance of nature and conservation in a setting as appropriate as Lincoln Park Zoo.”
The performances will take place at Café Brauer in the Lincoln Park Zoo (2021 North Stockton Dr., Chicago) on Wednesday, August 19 at 10 AM and 12 PM, and Thursday, August 20 at 4 PM and 6 PM. Although the performances are free, reservations are recommended. Free tickets and complete information are available at lyricopera.org/secondnature.