ETO Conductors to appear on new BBC Two series Maestro at the Opera

1st May 2012


Maestro contestants Craig Revel Horwood and Marcus du Sautoy

Two of ETO’s conductors are to appear as expert mentors on BBC Two’s new conducting competition Maestro at the Opera, which starts on BBC Two on Friday 4 May at 9pm (watch the trailer online here).

Paul McGrath, who is currently conducting The Barber of Seville, has been chosen to mentor prominent mathematician Marcus du Sautoy in the television series.

ETO’s Music Director Michael Rosewell, currently conducting Eugene Onegin, will mentor the dancer and choreographer Craig Revel Horwood.

As highly experienced professional opera conductors, Paul and Michael will be responsible for teaching and guiding the contestants through the world of opera with all its pitfalls and high drama on and off stage.

Maestro at the Opera, which starts on BBC Two on Friday 4th May, is a creative collaboration between the BBC and the Royal Opera House, and sees four well-known personalities facing possibly the greatest challenge in their careers and in classical music as they pick up the baton and become apprentice conductors.

The brave trainees will compete to conduct a complete Act of a legendary opera performed on the hallowed main stage of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, with a cast of exciting international young artists and the ROH’s world class orchestra and chorus.

Paul McGrath said: ‘It was very interesting to be able to participate in a series which shows what opera conductors actually do. It’s been great working with my fabulous celeb student Marcus du Sautoy. I hope the series will be both fun and informative’.

Michael Rosewell said: ‘This is an honest attempt to explore the whole process of opera. I’m very pleased to be involved with a programme that helps to open up opera to new audiences – something at the forefront of ETO’s thinking and the work we do across the country’

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