The Flight of the Hummingbird

Venue In Schools

Cost $800 per performance

Opera In Schools

Music by Maxime Goulet.
Libretto by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Barry Gilson.

A new opera for young people

In this enchanting new opera , the animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire.

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.


For Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands
Amy Culliford
Box Office Manager
Pacific Opera Victoria
250 385 0222

For Vancouver and Mainland BC
Courtney Dugan
Education and Community Projects Coordinator
Vancouver Opera
604 331 4960

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