An enchanting new opera for young people, The Flight of the Hummingbird tours British Columbia schools and community venues from January to May 2020.
In this delightful and thought-provoking work, the animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire.
With music by Maxime Goulet and libretto by the acclaimed Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Barry Gilson, The Flight of the Hummingbird is based on an indigenous parable from the Quechuan people of South America. The story of the brave hummingbird travelled through pre-contact trade routes to become well known within Haida culture. This opera is influenced by the graphic novel written by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and will include elements of his dramatic Haida-manga illustrations.
The Flight of the Hummingbird is co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera.
The opera is 45 minutes in length and features four singers and a small ensemble. The production is suitable for students in Kindergarten through Grade 9. The production is accompanied by a study guide aligned with the First People’s Principles of Learning and the BC curriculum. The study guide was created by an advisory council of Indigenous artists, educators and knowledge keepers.
January 20 to February 23, 2020: Vancouver and Lower Mainland
February 24 to March 18: Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands
March 30 to April 5: Kamloops, Kelowna
April 6 to 12: Lower Mainland
April 13 to May 3: Vancouver
Limited spaces still available
Vancouver Island / Gulf Islands
Amy Culliford, Box Office Manager, Pacific Opera Victoria: 250.385.0222
Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Interior
Courtney Dugan, Education and Community Projects Coordinator, Vancouver Opera: 604.331.4960