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Vancouver Opera In Schools

Discipline: Music
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English
Themes: First Nations, Inuit, and/or Metis Art, Climate Change and/or Environmentalism
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE

Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera Victoria have been producing and touring operas written specifically for young audiences for decades. Opera for young audiences is a thriving and dynamic aspect of opera in Canada and is an integral part of the artistic vision of both companies. In the past decade, the works themselves have undergone a transition from adaptations of the traditional opera canon to works written specifically for young Canadian audiences by Canadian composers and librettists. These operas tell stories that are relevant to Canadian youth, speak to the human experience and tie directly into the provincial curriculum.


The Flight of the Hummingbird

School Year: 23-24
Discipline: Music
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: K - 9
Duration: 45 mins
Capacity: 500
Available Formats: In Person

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

Vancouver Opera and Pacific Opera are thrilled to finally bring this offering back in person for the 2023-2024 school year after the pandemic. The story of The Flight of the Hummingbird interweaves the history of colonization, the impact of trauma, and the importance of caring for each other into a call to action. Each animal comes into the story with a unique perspective on the world that informs how they respond to the impending danger. As they care for each other, they become stronger and more willing to share of themselves. Ultimately, they find the courage to 'do what they can' because of the care and love they demonstrate towards each other. In this way, the story of the Hummingbird is not only a call to action, but an expression of the spiritual and emotional truth of their experience.

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