Project documentation for the construction of a new building of the Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theater will be prepared by the end of 2019. Such an instruction was given by Governor Alexander Gusev during a retreat on the further fate of the theater on Tuesday, December 11.

Before discussing the implementation of the project, Alexander Gusev and other participants in the meeting examined the current state of the building: the auditorium, the tailoring shop, the rehearsal room, and the dressing rooms. Director of the Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theater Alexander Arnautov explained during the excursion that the theater was commissioned in 1961 and since then the building has never been overhauled. Now cracks are visible on the walls, and the engineering systems do not meet the modern requirements. The theater workers complained about the lack of space.

The meeting participants noted that the priority solution to the problem is the construction of a new theater building. Two options are being considered. In the first case, a new building will appear on the site of the existing one, with an increase in development in the direction of Pushkin Square. The second possible solution is the construction of a new building on another site. The Governor stressed that both options need detailed expert evaluation. In the near future, this issue will be discussed with the professional community and residents of Voronezh.

Earlier, Head of the Regional Construction Policy Department, Oleg Grechishnikov, reported that it was planned to spend up to 2 billion rubles on the reconstruction of the Opera and Ballet Theater in Voronezh. In addition to repairing the main building with this money, they will erect an extension for storing scenery near the Central Market. In July 2018, the head of the region, Alexander Gusev, proposed to build a new Opera and Ballet Theater in Voronezh on the reservoir embankment.