Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Maine veteran John Cunningham is the Botswain in the 2019 Winter Harbor Music Festival’s production of “H.M.S. Pinafore.” PHOTO COURTESY JOHN CUNNINGHAM

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WINTER HARBOR — The 19th century English collaborators Gilbert and Sullivan’s wildly popular comic opera “H.M.S. Pinafore” will set sail Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, on stage and on the waterfront as part of the 2019 Winter Harbor Music Festival. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at Hammond Hall and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 17 on the waterfront at the Schoodic Marine Center.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s first great hit on the London stage in 1878, Maestro Carlos Botero, a Colombian-American conductor currently working as the Houston Symphony’s assistant conductor, will direct the orchestra.

Deiran Manning, founder of the Winter Harbor Music Festival Community Opera, will sing the part of Sir Joseph Porter and direct the production.

Other cast members include Grammy-nominated baritone Stephen Bryant in the role of Dick Deadeye, Gouldsboro soprano Celeste Mittelhauser as Josephine and mezzo soprano Rebecca Goff as Buttercup. Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Maine veterans John Cunningham is the Boatswain while Irv Hodgkin is the Carpenter’s Mate.

A festival veteran, New York baritone Alexander Grant is returning this season and has taken on the part of Captain Corcoran while soprano Sarah Bain is Cousin Hebe.

The Community Opera Program at Hammond Hall follows the same format as the Winter Harbor Music Festival Summer Sing with a read-through rehearsal followed by a potluck supper and performance in the evening. All singing levels are welcome and no singing experience is required to perform on stage.

After performing Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” last summer, the troupe has taken on the Gilbert and Sullivan favorite that merges comedy with social commentary and class struggle.

Special ferry service from Bar Harbor will be available before and after the performance for audience members attending from Mount Desert Island. For more info, visit

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