The Kolobov Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow, one of the youngest musical theatres in Russia, born concurrently with the New Russia, was founded in 1991 on the initiative of prominent Russian conductor Evgeny Kolobov (1946–2003) and the then chief of the Moscow city administration, Yuri Luzhkov. When creating the theatre, Evgeny Kolobov was 45 and by that time he had worked in some of the USSR’s largest theatres, including the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre where he had been artistic director.