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From book to opera: BC artist’s call to action – Times Colonist

by ahnationtalk on March 12, 202076 Views

March 12, 2020

What: Flight of the Hummingbird
Where: Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Rd.
When: Wednesday, March 18, through Sunday, March 22
Tickets: $25 available from the Royal and McPherson Theatres Box Office,

By the time Flight of the Hummingbird finishes its tour of B.C. in May, the chamber opera is expected to have played to more than 40,000 people in theatres, schools and community centres across the province.

That’s quite an audience for relative newcomer Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, a celebrated visual artist and author whose operatic adaptation of his 2008 book for young audiences is set for eight performances at the Baumann Centre beginning Tuesday.

The co-production between Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera gave Yahgulanaas, who admits to having very little theatre, opera or music experience, a blank canvas on which to re-write his story — and he did so with the wide-open approach of a librettist taking his first steps in the opera world.

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