Soprano Chloé Olivia Moore sings the part of Mimi while tenor Derrek Stark plays Rudolfo in “La Bohème.” KRISTIN HOEBERMANN PHOTO

Love and loss: Opera’s beloved classic to be performed

BAR HARBOR — Living near-destitute in a garret in Paris, struggling writer Rudolfo meets and tumbles in love with a flower embroiderer named Mimi while his artist roommate Marcello is forever breaking up with his faithless girlfriend Musetta. A universal story the world over, Giacomo Puccini’s “La Bohème” will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the Criterion Theatre. Part of the 2022 Bar Harbor Music Festival, the production will feature New York-based soprano Chloé Olivia Moore as Mimi while tenor Derrek Stark plays the part of Rudolfo.

Directed by Joseph DeSota, “La Bohème” also will feature soprano Celine Mogielnicki as Musetta and baritone Isaac Bray as Marcello. Bass-baritone Brandon Morales and baritone Brian James Myer, respectively, will perform as Colline and Schaunard. Clara Chowning is the opera’s music director and pianist.

Also at the Criterion, Mozart, Smetana and other chamber music will be performed by The Ardelia Trio at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16.  The group includes violinist Janey Choi, cellist Clara Yang and pianist Jihea Hong-Park.

Music by Handel, Debussey and Brahms follows on Monday when pianist Kayoung An will take the stage at the Criterion. A first-prize winner of the New York International Artists Association Piano competition, An is an adjunct professor at New Jersey City University, she has performed as a soloist with the Bayerische Kammerphilharmonie, Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Seoul Symphony Orchestra, ClM Orchestra and Phil-harmonians among others.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, the festival’s founder and conductor Francis Fortier will conduct the Bar Harbor Festival String Orchestra, which will highlight pianist Kayoung An.  The 17th Annual Bob Noonan Memorial Concert’s program will include Mozart, Vivaldi, Mendelssohn, and Dvorák.

In addition, Fortier and the Festival String Orchestra will perform music by Elgar, Bach, Ernest Bloch and George Wallace at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24, at the Criterion. The Festival Gala concert will feature pianist Christopher Johnson and violinists Janey Choi and Erika Atchley as soloists. In conjunction with the Festival Gala, a pre-concert buffet will be held at 5:30 p.m. at Fogtown Brewing Co.’s Tap Room next door to the Criterion. A cash bar is available.

To learn about other events and ticket prices, visit Visitors can stop by the festival’s office at 59 Cottage St., call 288-5744 or email [email protected]

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