Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross is planning to build the first permanent opera house in over a decade in Leicestershire.
Mr Ross wants to transform the listed stables at his stately home into a 400-seat opera theatre. If approved, construction will start at the Nevill Holt Opera in late 2016.
Mr Ross’s goal is to replace the current temporary seating with “a perfect venue” to nurture young opera stars.
The current structure, near Market Harborough, can seat up to 350 but is “inadequate and beyond effective economic repair,” Nevill Holt Opera general manager Rosenna East said.
Mr Ross wants to expand the summer opera festival and run community and education programmes at the new opera theatre during the rest of the year.