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Episode 3

Maestro at the Opera Episode 3 of 3

It is the final on Maestro At The Opera and after another well-known personality has left the competition, the remaining two would-be-conductors go head-to-head in the quest to master the ultimate art form - Opera.

The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden opens its doors for the last time as the two finalists battle it out for the ultimate prize - the chance to conduct a whole act of a legendary opera at the world famous Royal Opera House, in front of a discerning audience of over two thousand.

In the series climax the final challenge is revealed to the would-be maestros - to conduct Act II of Puccini's masterpiece La Boheme.

In order to decide who is worthy of the honour, the two apprentice conductors must compete against each other, conducting the same extract of La Boheme. To prepare for this, the final two travel to the birthplace of opera - Italy. Here they attend the world-renowned Georg Solti Accademia, at Villa San Michele in Florence, to receive intensive final tuition from leading expert conductors and operatic singers. Lastly a visit to Puccini's house in Lucca, Tuscany, helps the final two trainees to be inspired by the genius behind the music of Boheme.

Then, returning to the Opera House, the two student conductors pick up their batons for what could be the last time, when Sir Mark Elder, alongside the ROH orchestra, decide who is deserving of a place on the podium to conduct the entire act on the main stage at Covent Garden.

There can only be one winner; there can only be one Maestro at the Opera.

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Mon 21 May 2012 00:30

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Role Contributor
DirectorSam Grace
Executive ProducerCal Turner