Maestro At The Opera

9:00pm Friday 11 May on BBC TWO

It’s week two on Maestro At The Opera and with one well-known personality leaving the competition last week, the three remaining would-be-conductors continue in the competition to master the ultimate art form – opera.

The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden once again opens its celebrated doors as the three hopefuls left must continue the battle for the ultimate prize – the chance to conduct a whole act in a legendary opera at the world famous Royal Opera House, in front of a discerning audience of over 2000.

In tonight’s programme, with the help of their mentors, the would-be-Maestros are introduced to, and must master, the art of conducting a fully staged operatic scene. To succeed they must learn to cope with several singers, props, a set and one apprentice has to take on a chorus of 24 singers. To top it all, they’re now down in the orchestra pit conducting one of the world’s greatest professional orchestras that of the Royal Opera House.

Then, at the end of an intense week’s training, in front of a panel of experts as well as a discerning audience, the three hopefuls must step up to the podium for a final performance. They have to conduct their scene in a bid to enter the final next week.

The judges, world-renowned British conductor Sir Mark Elder, orchestral double bass player Dominic Seldis and star soprano Danielle de Niese, must select one apprentice conductor to send straight through to the next stage. The remaining two must face the orchestra’s vote and one must wave goodbye to their baton for good.

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

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