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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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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