Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria have collaborated to co-commission and co-produce a new opera for young audiences. In this enchanting work, the animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire.
The performance will last approximately 45 minutes.
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™
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Composer Maxime Goulet works within various realms of musical creation ranging from symphonic music to video games. His classical music compositions, such as Symphonic Chocolates and On Halloween Night are now part of many orchestras’ regular repertoire by leading ensembles.
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is an award-winning visual contemporary artist, author and professional speaker. His work has been seen in public spaces, museums, galleries and private collections across the globe.
Barry Gilson is the principal of award-winning architectural interiors company RED Design. From his teenage years in musical theatre to President of the Burnaby Art Gallery, founding member of a theatre company and partner in Y Public Art, the arts have played a major role in his life.
Long ago, Owl watched as a large white boat entered the harbour near his village. These visitors were unfamiliar and their presence brought danger to Owl’s home. He wanted to help but didn’t know what could be done. Frightened, he rose up and flew away.
Dukdukdiya (DDD) is happy to be home. She darts around the water, swoops under tree boughs, and lands near the pool’s edge. DDD had been away for a long time and had missed her friends.
Bear greets DDD with a warm embrace. They both notice a new smell, a sweet smoky perfume that has filled the air. The smoky wind and dusty breeze make them feel uneasy. Bear is overwhelmed, not knowing what to do. As DDD calms her friend, Bear’s face takes on a dreamy look. He is thinking about his love – Bunny.
MUSIC YOU NEED TO HEAR
Composed by Maxime Goulet. Libretto by Barry Gilson and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.
The Flight of the Hummingbird is a new work co-commissioned by Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria. It was created to both entertain and educate elementary and middle school students about climate change. The opera is based on the book Flight of the Hummingbird – A Parable for the Environment, written and illustrated by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas.