Opera Western Reserve


Press Release

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (September 25, 2023): Opera Western Reserve (OWR) will partner with Youngstown’s ballet company, Ballet Western Reserve, to include dancers for the upcoming production of Carmen that will be produced on Friday, November 17, at 7:30 PM in Powers Auditorium at DeYor Performing Arts Center.

“Ballet Western Reserve is thrilled to again collaborate with Opera Western Reserve,” says Executive Director Danielle Perrotta. “It’s been a number of years since we’ve performed together and we are so excited to bring the tradition back with their production of Carmen. My dancers jumped at the opportunity to have this unique and professional experience.”

“As part of Opera Western Reserves mission, we strive to foster partnerships with our fellow arts and culture organizations. Like our partnership with SMARTs, who we are collaborating with for the children’s chorus, we were thrilled at the opportunity of collaborating with Ballet Western Reserve as well and bringing together these three pillars in the Youngstown arts community on one stage for our production of Carmen,” stated Kelly Sullivan, Artistic Services Manager.

About Ballet Western Reserve
Ballet Western Reserve’s mission is to provide excellence in dance education which enlightens, entertains, and inspires passion and joy. Ballet Western Reserve has grown to become the region’s premier dance academy training children and teenagers in the art of dance. Many of these young people have gone on to advanced study in some of the nation’s most prestigious schools and universities and have launched successful professional careers with major companies and as respected instructors.

About Carmen
Carmen is an opera in four acts by the French composer Georges Bizet. The libretto was written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée. The opera was first performed by the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 3 March 1875, where its breaking of conventions shocked and scandalized its first audiences.
For more information about this production, visit operawesternreserve.org.



About Opera Western Reserve:
Opera Western Reserve is a professional opera company celebrating its 20th year. Productions feature national and regional talent and encourage singers from the Western Reserve region, which includes Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. For more information, visit operawesternreserve.org or call 330-480-0693