What about the theatre building itself? The theatre and concert building was inaugurated in the autumn 1913, and it was destroyed in 1944 by the Soviet aerial bombardment. Then rebuilt, and even later on partly rebuilt and renovated several times. Except the Opera located in one wing also the State Concert Institution and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra are located in the other. The area is not too big?
Linnar Looris face is very serious when he starts to talk about this:
No, we wish we could get a bigger stage and more suitable premises for our work. The fact is that they today are outdated. This is one of the most important things that is needed to be resolved so that we could develop – develop the functions and develop further as a company.
A larger stage would allow us so much more possibilities. For instance Swan Lake, that is shown regularly in our program: Everyone can imagine how it would be with more dancers dancing as swans on the stage, it would impose the audience.
More space for big jumps is needed, and in order to get bigger productions done and imported, there must be proper space for them.
I have read about plans to build an annex to the building?
Yes, but that is not possible right now and not so easily done. Before – and if – it can be realized it takes time; so many interests are involved. But there is a light . . .
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After having done this interview I am contacted from the theatre and hear that the Estonian government now has got a program for financing the building project. When this will happen is not known, but the light has been shown . . .
We have had a most lively conversation. The work in the theatre goes on.