Masterclass (TV series)

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
19April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18)June 27, 2010 (2010-06-27)
27May 28, 2012 (2012-05-28)May 22, 2013 (2013-05-22)
35September 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)October 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)

Season 1 (2010)

Masterclass season 1 episodes
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Guest Original air date
11Plácido DomingoApril 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.
22Liv UllmannApril 25, 2010
Norwegian actress and director Liv Ullmann works with a group of young actors on scenes from A Streetcar Named Desire.
33Edward AlbeeMay 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.
44Jacques d'AmboiseMay 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.
55Olafur EliassonMay 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.[4]
66Frank GehryJune 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.
77Bill T. JonesJune 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, 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]
88Michael Tilson ThomasJune 18, 2010
Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and the New World Symphony Orchestra, works with three young virtuoso musicians.
99Julian SchnabelJune 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)

Masterclass season 2 episodes
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Guest Original air date
101Renée FlemingMay 28, 2012
American opera singer Renée Fleming works with four young singers, refining their technique and teaching them new methods to improve their voices.
112Bobby McFerrinFebruary 12, 2013
123John GuareMarch 4, 2013
134Patti LuPoneApril 1, 2013
145James RosenquistMay 22, 2013
156Bruce WeberMay 22, 2013
167Kathleen TurnerMay 22, 2013

Season 3 (2013–14)

Masterclass season 3 episodes
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Guest Original air date
171Wynton MarsalisSeptember 9, 2013 (2013-09-09)
182Josh GrobanJanuary 21, 2014 (2014-01-21)
193Anna Deavere SmithFebruary 17, 2014 (2014-02-17)
204Alan AldaSeptember 16, 2014 (2014-09-16)
215Joshua BellOctober 14, 2014 (2014-10-14)


Primetime Emmy Awards

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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