Masterclass (TV series)

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Masterclass is a documentary television series airing on HBO. Each half-hour episode documents the experience of a small group of young artists working with a famous mentor. The series premiered on HBO on April 18, 2010 with opera star Plácido Domingo working with three aspiring young singers.[1][2]

The students in the program are chosen from participants in the Miami-based organization, YoungArts, a program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, which supports emerging artists.[3] The series is produced and directed by Karen Goodman and Kirk Simon of the Simon & Goodman Picture Company. The Executive Producer is Lin Arison. In July 2011 the series was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program in 2011.[4]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Season premiere Season finale
1 9 April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18) June 27, 2010 (2010-06-27)
2 7 May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28) May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
3 N/A September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09) N/A


Season 1 (2010)[edit]

Masterclass season 1 episodes
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Guest Original air date
1 1 Plácido Domingo April 18, 2010
Spanish opera star Plácido Domingo works with three young singers focusing not on technique but on how to convey feeling and emotion in their performances.
2 2 Liv Ullmann April 25, 2010
Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullmann works with a group of young actors on scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire.
3 3 Edward Albee May 2, 2010
American playwright Edward Albee, whose works include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Zoo Story, and A Delicate Balance, works with four budding playwrights to share his analysis of their work.
4 4 Jacques d'Amboise May 9, 2010
American ballet dancer and choreographer Jacques d'Amboise helps a group of young dancers to create a dance in five hours and then takes the show to the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
5 5 Olafur Eliasson May 16, 2010
Danish installation artist Olafur Eliasson, whose works include New York City Waterfalls and The Weather Project at London's Tate Modern museum, invites 5 young artists to his studio in Berlin and works with them on an environmental art project.[5]
6 6 Frank Gehry June 9, 2010
Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, whose buildings include Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, works with aspiring architects on a city-planning project.
7 7 Bill T. Jones June 13, 2010
American dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, who founded the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and has choreographed for film, Broadway, and opera, works with seven young people (a writer/actress, a choreographer, three dancers and two actors) to create an original work in three days.[3]
8 8 Michael Tilson Thomas June 18, 2010
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and the New World Symphony Orchestra, works with three young virtuoso musicians.
9 9 Julian Schnabel June 27, 2010
American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel invites a group of young photographers, painters and sculptors into his studio for a critique of their work and a discussion of how he approaches his own work.

Season 2 (2012–13)[edit]

Masterclass season 2 episodes
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Guest Original air date
10 1 Renée Fleming May 28, 2012
American opera singer Renée Fleming works with four young singers, refining their technique and teaching them new methods to improve their voices.
11 2 Bobby McFerrin February 12, 2013
12 3 John Guare March 4, 2013
13 4 Patti LuPone April 1, 2013
14 5 James Rosenquist May 22, 2013
15 6 Bruce Weber May 22, 2013
16 7 Kathleen Turner May 22, 2013

Season 3 (2013–14)[edit]

Masterclass season 3 episodes
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Guest Original air date
17 1 Wynton Marsalis September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)
18 2 Josh Groban January 21, 2014 (2014-01-21)
19 3 Anna Deavere Smith February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17)
20 4 Alan Alda September 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)[6]
21 5 Joshua Bell October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)[6]

An additional upcoming guest is Robert Redford.[6]


  1. ^ Genzlinger, Neil, "No Ordinary Teachers in These Schoolrooms ", New York Times, 16 April 2010
  2. ^ Levin, Jordan, "Masters inspire awe, bright ideas", Miami Herald, 18 April 2010
  3. ^ a b Sick, Jessica, "Mastering the Class, NBC Miami, April 16, 2010
  4. ^ Emmy Awards (2011). Nominations
  5. ^ Amarante, Joe, "Tips from the legends: Viewers take the 'Masterclass' on HBO Sunday", New Haven Register, April 16, 2010
  6. ^ a b c "YoungArts Masterclass". YoungArts. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 

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