The Flight of the Hummingbird

The Flight of the Hummingbird

The Flight of the Hummingbird

Vancouver Opera In Schools presents
The Flight of the Hummingbird

Support this opera’s powerful message and help inspire the next generation to take action against climate change. All gifts between now and December 31 will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000, by Martha Lou Henley, C.M.

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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.

The Flight of the Hummingbird preview at Vancouver Opera Festival

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 Tyrrell.

The creative team behind The Flight of the Hummingbird at Vancouver Opera Festival (left to right): Co-designers Barry Gilson and Michael Nicoll Yahuglanaas with composer Maxime Goulet.

“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.

Standing ovation for the Flight of the Hummingbird preview at Vancouver Opera Festival

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.

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


Courtney Dugan
Education and Community Projects Coordinator
Vancouver Opera
604 331 4835

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Amy Culliford
Box Office Manager
Pacific Opera Victoria
604 331 4960