Curtain up on BBC Two's Maestro at the Opera
Four well-known experts in their own field compete to conduct the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House.
Trainee conductors Trevor Nelson, Josie Lawrence, Craig Revel Horwood and Professor Marcus du Sautoy
Comedian Josie Lawrence, mathematician Marcus du Sautoy, DJ Trevor Nelson and Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood put their musical abilities to the test at the Royal Opera House in the second series of Maestro, which begins tonight (Friday 4 May) on BBC Two at 9pm.
Over the three-part series the contestants take a crash course in conducting opera, competing to lead the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House in a live performance at Covent Garden. Each trainee conductor will be mentored through various trials and will meet with operatic experts, such as Royal Opera House Music Director Antonio Pappano, to learn about the complexities behind staging the art form.
Of the series, Director of The Royal Opera Kasper Holten said:
“This challenge will probably be the most difficult any of the contestants will ever face in their professional lives, but I really hope it will be one of the most fulfilling experiences they ever have.”
Their performance on the podium will be judged each episode by members of the orchestra. The grand finale, in which the winner will conduct a repeat of the second act of Puccini’s La bohème,to be filmed this Saturday.