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Operatic adaptation of Zachariah Wells’ poetry to be performed in Paris

Halifax poet Zachariah Wells is on his way overseas to hear his work performed at the Opéra National in Paris.

Last year, Canadian baritone singer Phillip Addis approached Wells about adapting several of his poems to music. The pieces were debuted at a Toronto recital on Dec. 19, with music composed by Erik Ross and piano accompaniment by Emily Hamper. Wells was unable to attend the Toronto event, and will hear the work for the first time in France.

Wells was unsuccessful in his attempts to get grant money to cover his expenses to attend the performance, and so turned to crowdfunding to help pay for the Paris trip. On the Indiegogo page for his successful campaign, Wells writes, “This is the kind of opportunity that presents itself rarely in most writers’ lifetimes, so I wouldn’t miss it for anything short of a catastrophe.”