Penn's Woods Music Festival - Opera!

NEW for Summer - Penn's Woods is headed to the opera!
Join us for a special premiere of excerpts from a new opera LEAVINGS, or The Borderland

A semi-staged new work based on Lorenzo Da Ponte with words by Penn State's 2015 Laureate Susan Russell and music by Alex Heppelmann.

MOZART - Arias from the collaborative work between Mozart and Da Ponte

Arias by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte

  • Deh, vieni alla finestra from Don Giovanni, K. 527 Joey Harrell, baritone 
  • Giunse alfin il momento; Deh vieni, non tardar from Le Nozze di Figaro, K. 492 Katy Travis, soprano
  • Ah scostati! Paventa il tristo effeto; Smanie implacabili from Così fan tutte, K. 588 Claire DeArmitt, mezzo-soprano
  • Un’aura amorosa del nostro tesoro from Così fan tutte, K. 588 Sean Toso, tenor
  • Temerari, sortite fuori di questo loco; Come scoglio from Così fan tutte, K. 588 Staci Dickens, soprano


Lorenzo Da Ponte and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart collaborated on three of the most beloved operas of all time – Le Nozze di Figaro, Così fan tutte, and Don Giovanni. These works represent the high-water mark of opera in the 18th century and are all still a part of the standard repertoire for opera companies and music schools today. Come to this special concert and hear arias from these exquisite, funny, and poignant works.

But first, you are in for a special treat: excerpts from LEAVINGS; or The Borderland, a new opera based on Lorenzo Da Ponte, will be presented – a crucial ‘next step’ as this work makes its way towards a premier performance. With music by Penn State alum Alex Heppelmann and words by Penn State faculty member Susan Russell, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to be on the ‘ground floor’ for the creation of a truly exciting new piece for the lyric theatre stage. This concert is made possible in part by support from the Agnes Scollins Carey Professorship in the Arts, awarded by the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State to Professor Ted Christopher (2014-2017) in support of this project.

Music by Alex Heppelmann
Dramaturg and Stage Director – Gary Briggle
Music Director and Pianist – Tim Farrand
Allegria Ensemble: Sally Williams Minnich Mark Minnich Debbie Trudeau Jonathan Gage Dexter

Da Ponte – Raymond Sage
Doge – Joey Harrell
Whore – Katie Travis
Bishop – Katie Travis
Mother – Claire DeArmitt
Nancy – Staci Dickens
Soprano – Claire DeArmitt
Mozart – Sean Toso
Brother – Sean Toso
Father – Joey Harrell