Comedian Mark Thomas on his opera conversion: "It was rubbish!"

Comedian Mark Thomas' new show, Bravo Figaro!, deals with his father's deep love of opera - and Mark's resulting hatred of it.

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Though he's better known for his acerbic, political stand-up comedy, Mark Thomas has been on something of an operatic journey. Growing up with his father blasting opera recordings so loud that the neighbours could hear it, he soon developed a strong dislike of the genre: "It didn't have guitars, it wasn't loud, it wasn't punk… It was rubbish!"

However, a bizarre conversion occurred. In his live show, entitled Bravo Figaro!, he tells the tale of his new-found appreciation of opera. Classic FM's Lucy Coward chatted to Mark about the show and how he came to love the art form he thought he hated.

Watch Classic FM chat to Mark Thomas

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