Artist: Alfie Boe
Music Style: Classical, Operatic
Hit Albums: Onward, Bring him Home, Storyteller, Alfie
Born in North England in 1973, Alfie Boe is the youngest among his siblings. He was inclined towards music from a young age. One of his fondest childhood memories include listening to his father’s music albums by Austrian tenor Richard Tauber.
Boe gave his first public performance at Fleetwood’s Marine Hall. He was only fourteen years old at the time. Three years later, he joined as a mechanic at the TVR factory in Blackpool. While working, the artist enjoyed entertaining his colleagues and friends by singing various popular operatic pieces. It was when his singing caught the attention of a client at the factory that Boe got his first break. The customer recommended Boe to give an audition at the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company. He got selected and subsequently resigned from his job at the car factory to pursue a career as a professional singer.
As suggested by the customer whom Alfie Boe met at the factory, the young artist enrolled himself to study the music art at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio. He featured as the ‘opera dude’ on records by the English alternative rock band, The Clint Boon Experience. In 1999, he performed the part of Ernesto in the touring opera production of Don Pasquale.
Achievements and Contributions
After searching for the lead actor of La Boheme for a period of two years, Baz Luhrmann finally signed Alfie Boe for the part. His performance received immense adulation from the fans and also won Boe the prestigious Tony Award in 2003. The multi-talented vocalist has also performed at the English National Opera and the Glyndebourne.
In October of 2010, the tenor took up the challenge to perform the classic role of Les Miserables’ Jean Valjean. The concert marked the 25th anniversary of the show at the O2 Arena in London. The event was recorded live and released on DVD. The tenor once again played the iconic role of Valjean before the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at the annual Royal Variety Performance gala in the UK.
In June 2012, Alfie gave a splendid performance at the prestigious Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II. He sang the Neapolitan song ‘O sole mio’ and Elvis Presley’s ‘It’s Now or Never.’
Alfie has released eight albums in his career, all of which have been highly acclaimed by the critics and fans. He has also given hit collaborative performances with prominent names of the music world. These include the American Soprano Renee Fleming and the famous English Soprano Lesley Garrett. Boe’s latest record ‘Trust’ came out in November of 2013, the compositions of which will be an essential part of his upcoming series of performances. The album is already gaining popularity among the music enthusiasts and they are eager to enjoy the talented artist’s live shows.