The Flight of the Hummingbird

Goulet | Yahgulanaas | Gilson

Mar 19, 2020 2:00pm

Mar 20, 2020 2:00pm

Mar 21, 2020 4:00pm

Mar 21, 2020 7:00pm

Mar 22, 2020 7:00pm

Venue Baumann Centre

Duration 45mins

An opera for the whole family.

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 music is composed by Maxime Goulet. Libretto and design are by internationally renowned Haida artists Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and by Barry Gilson.

Public performances take place in Victoria at the Baumann Centre
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 2 pm
Friday, March 20, 2 pm
Saturday, March 21, 4 pm
Saturday, March 21, 7 pm (SOLD OUT)
Sunday, March 22, 7 pm

The Flight of the Hummingbird will also tour to BC schools and community venues from January to May 2020. Learn more about booking a school performance.


Sung In
English with English Surtitles

Adults: $25.
Youth (3 to 17): $12.
Children 2 & under free (ticket required)

Baumann Centre


Estimated Run Time: 45mins

Pre-performance talk: n/a

Performance in One Act 45 mins


Creative Team

Libretto and Creative Design
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas

Maxime Goulet

Libretto and Creative Design
Barry Gilson

Stage Director
Glynis Leyshon


Above: short video of Flight of the Hummingbird, based on the book and artwork by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas. Film by Christopher Auchter, Trickster Animation House. Narration by Lark Clark. Music by Big City Indians.