Masterclass (TV series)

Masterclass (TV series)

Masterclass is a nine-part documentary television series airing on Home Box Office (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 other mentors on the series are filmmaker Julian Schnabel, ballet dancer and choreographer Jacques d'Amboise, architect Frank Gehry, artist Olafur Eliasson, playwright Edward Albee, dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones, actress Liv Ullmann, and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas. 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 whose films have received the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Subject ("Strangers No More") four additional Academy Award nominations and three Emmy Awards.[citation needed] The Executive Producer is Lin Arison. In July 2011 the series was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Children's nonfiction, reality or reality-competition program 2011".[4]

Episode summaries

  • Episode 1.1 (original air date: 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.
  • Episode 1.7 (original air date: 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]
  • Episode 1.9 (original air date: June 27, 2010) – American artist and filmmaker Julian Schnabel invites a group of young photographers, painters and sculptors into his studio for a critque of their work and a discussion of how he approaches his own work.


  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

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