The Flight of the Hummingbird

The Flight of the Hummingbird

The Flight of the Hummingbird

The Flight of the Hummingbird

A new opera for young audiences touring British Columbia in January 2020.


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

Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria have collaborated to co-commission and co-produce a new opera for young audiences with music by Maxime Goulet and libretto by Michael Nicoll Yahuglanaas (Haida) and Barry Gilson. The Flight of the Hummingbird stage director is Glynis Leyshon with musical direction by Kinza Tyrell.

Photo by Nadia Zheng

“Here is the story of the great forest that caught on 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 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.

A community presentation and professional development workshop for teachers will take place on May 4th 2019 as part of the Vancouver Opera Festival. 

Workshop Presentation

The Flight of the Hummingbird is a co-production with Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Colleen Maybin, Director of Education and Community Engagement at Vancouver Opera
604 331 4960


Rebecca Hass, Director of Community Engagement at Pacific Opera Victoria
205 382 1641