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.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 9April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18)June 27, 2010 (2010-06-27)
2 7May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28)May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
3 5September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)

Season 1 (2010)

Masterclass season 1 episodes
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GuestOriginal air date
11 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.
22 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 .
33 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.
44 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.
55 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]
66 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.
77 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]
88 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.
99 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)

Masterclass season 2 episodes
No. in
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GuestOriginal air date
101 Renée Fleming May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28)
112 Bobby McFerrin February 12, 2013 (2013-02-12)
123 John Guare March 4, 2013 (2013-03-04)
134 Patti LuPone April 1, 2013 (2013-04-01)
145 James Rosenquist May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
156 Bruce Weber May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
167 Kathleen Turner May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)

Season 3 (2013–14)

Masterclass season 3 episodes
No. in
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GuestOriginal air date
171 Wynton Marsalis September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)
182 Josh Groban January 21, 2014 (2014-01-21)
193 Anna Deavere Smith February 17, 2014 (2014-02-17)
204 Alan Alda September 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)
215 Joshua Bell October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)


Primetime Emmy Awards

2011 Outstanding Children's Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition ProgramLin Arison, Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon N/ANominated
2013 Outstanding Children's Program Sheila Nevins, Lin Arison, Jackie Glover, Karen Goodman, Kirk SimonN/ANominated
2014 Outstanding Children's ProgramSheila Nevins, Lin Arison, Jackie Glover, Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon Wynton Marsalis Nominated
2015 Outstanding Children's ProgramSheila Nevins, Lin Arison, Jacqueline Glover, Karen Goodman, Kirk Simon Alan Alda Won

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