Voronezh State Opera and Ballet Theatre is the only opera house in the Central Chernozem region - an outpost of classical art in southern Russia. The largest theatre in the city and the region is always at the epicenter of the cultural life of the region.
The history of the Voronezh Musical Theatre begins in the 1930s. Then the theatre was formed on the basis of a traveling troupe of a talented actor and director Lazar Lazarev (1900-1952) and was called the Theatre of Musical Comedy. A new stage of development began in 1961 - the theatre was reorganized into the Musical, and this meant the expansion of the repertoire with opera productions and the appearance of a ballet troupe in the theatre.
Over the years of the existence of the Voronezh Theatre, more than 260 performances have been staged on its stage, including the entire popular classical opera and ballet repertoire. The theatre strives for an organic combination of classical traditions with modern trends in musical and theatrical art. Performances of various genres and trends are staged on its stage: opera and ballet classics, modern productions, operettas, musicals, musical fairy tales for children. With its best productions, the theatre tours in Russia and abroad, where it has visited more than 20 countries.
The theatre often acts as an organizer or participant in various creative projects: art festivals, as well as performances and gala concerts with the participation of world opera and ballet stars.