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Join Opera del West as we perform the New England Premiere of Matthew Aucoin’s “Second Nature”, an environmental fable set as a contemporary but accessible one act opera at The Center for Arts in Natick on Sunday, March 18 at 7 PM.

This work follows 2 teenage dreamers through their exploration of what global warming has created, and how they convince the adults around them to make it right. Aucoin describes the production as a “dystopian fairy tale” that tells a reverse Garden of Eden story: In the future, humans have so destroyed the environment that they have moved into synthetic, zoo-like habitats. An ape next door to the young dreamers tempts them with forbidden fresh fruit, and they then set out to explore the outside world.  The zoo-like setting was part of the deal when Chicago’s Lyric Opera commissioned the work to be premiered at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

After its premiere the Chicago Tribune wrote of the show “If that description makes “Second Nature” sound overly serious, the prevailing mood is just the opposite, leaving us with the idea that hope for repairing the planet lies with the young  That said, the show is full of whimsical touches, including a talking ape among the characters.”

Matthew Aucoin grew up in the Boston area and graduated from Harvard University.  He is the youngest assistant conductor in the history of the Metropolitan Opera. He was appointed as Los Angeles Opera’s first-ever Artist-in-Residence in 2016.

This lyrical contemporary opera will be sung in English by Opera del West favorites, Andrea Wozniak and Alyssa Weathersby from last year’s “Alcina”, Nathan Rodriguez and Emily Harmon from “The Marriage of Figaro” and Joel Edwards from “The Seagull”.  Before the opera, which is under an hour, the performers will sing a prelude of Art songs about nature in five languages.  This program will be stage directed by Rebecca Miller and music directed by Eve Budnick.

Tickets can be ordered through TCAN’s website at www@natickarts.org or call 508-647-0097.  Tickets are $30 for Adults and $25 for TCAN Members.  Free refreshments will be offered during the intermission.

Poster art by Nina Miller



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