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Nicola Heywood Thomas Nicola Heywood Thomas | 16:25 UK time, Monday, 2 November 2009

On the Radio Wales Arts Show this Thursday I'm talking to Bryn Terfel about his latest venture - a CD and concert tour called Bad Boys.

It's a really good idea which Bryn came up with to bring together some of his favourite arias from opera and musical theatre. Bass baritones tend to be the villains of opera.

As Bryn says, you don't get much chance to play the good guys as composers wrote most of the romantic leading roles for tenors. But there's great satisfaction in playing the baddies when you're such an accomplished artist as Mr Terfel. He's really interesting on the subject of characterisation, dramatically and vocally and obviously has had a ball making the CD.

The range of bad boys that Bryn features takes us from the out and out villains - actually the devil appears more than once in his operatic guises - to wide boys and chancers. It goes from Mozart's Don Giovanni - a trio in which Bryn sings all the roles (that would be a bit tricky in the concert!) to Sondheim's Sweeney Todd.

Bryn's performing the Bad Boys concert at Cardiff's St David's Hall on 9 November but have a listen to the man himself with me on Thursday 5 November at 6.30pm.


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