Maestro At The Opera

9:00pm Friday 18 May on BBC TWO

It’s the final of Maestro At The Opera and after another well-known personality has left the competition, the remaining two would-be-conductors go head-to-head.

The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden opens its doors for the last time as the two finalists battle it out for the ultimate prize – the chance to conduct a whole act of a legendary opera at the world famous Royal Opera House, in front of a discerning audience of over two thousand.

In tonight’s programme the final challenge is revealed to the would-be Maestros – to conduct Act II of Puccini’s masterpiece La Boh�me.

In order to decide who will be worthy of the honour, the two apprentice conductors must compete against each other, conducting the same extract of La Boh�me. To prepare for this, the final two travel to the birthplace of opera – Italy. Here they attend the world-renowned Georg Solti Accademia, at Villa San Michele in Florence, to receive intensive final tuition from leading expert conductors and operatic singers. Lastly, a visit to Puccini’s house in Lucca, Tuscany, helps the final two trainees to be inspired by the genius behind the music of Boh�me.

Then returning to the Opera House, the two student conductors pick up their batons for what could be the last time, when Sir Mark Elder, alongside the ROH orchestra, decide who is deserving of a place on the podium to conduct the entire Act on the main stage at Covent Garden.

There can only be one winner; there can only be one Maestro At The Opera.

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