Masterclass (TV series)

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Masterclass is an American 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.


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
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 5 September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09) October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)

Season 1 (2010)[edit]

Masterclass season 1 episodes
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1 1 Plácido Domingo April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18)
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 (2010-04-25)
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 (2010-05-02)
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 (2010-05-09)
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 (2010-05-16)
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.[4]
6 6 Frank Gehry June 9, 2010 (2010-06-09)
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 (2010-06-13)
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, Alix Briggs, a choreographer, Kacey Hauk, and a supporting cast of three dancers and two actors) to create an original work in three days.[3]
8 8 Michael Tilson Thomas June 18, 2010 (2010-06-18)
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 (2010-06-27)
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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10 1 Renée Fleming May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28)
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 (2013-02-12)
12 3 John Guare March 4, 2013 (2013-03-04)
13 4 Patti LuPone April 1, 2013 (2013-04-01)
14 5 James Rosenquist May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
15 6 Bruce Weber May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
16 7 Kathleen Turner May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)

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)
21 5 Joshua Bell October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)


Primetime Emmy Awards[edit]

Year Category Nominee(s) Episode Result Ref.
2011 Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program Lin Arison, Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon N/A Nominated
2013 Outstanding Children's Program Sheila Nevins, Lin Arison, Jackie Glover, Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon N/A Nominated
2014 Outstanding Children's Program Sheila Nevins, Lin Arison, Jackie Glover, Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon Wynton Marsalis Nominated
2015 Outstanding Children's Program Sheila Nevins, Lin Arison, Jacqueline Glover, Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon Alan Alda Won


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