Alfie Boe was famously discovered singing in the TVR factory as a teenager. After successfully auditioning for the D’oyly Carte opera company, Alfie then went on to train at the Royal College of Music in London. A stint at the Vilar Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House followed, before the bright lights of La Boheme on Broadway beckoned.
Alfie then spent the next few years learning his craft as a young tenor, notably appearing with ENO several times. Stand out roles included Rodolfo (twice) in Jonathan Miller’s production of La Boheme and The Mikado, again with Jonathan Miller.
Meanwhile, Alfie had been attempting to find a new audience by releasing a number of classical albums :Classic FM Presents (2006), Onward (2007), La Passione (2007), Love was a Dream (2009).
However, the opera life did not always go to plan and in 2010 Alfie appeared as Jean ValJean in the 25th anniversary concert of Les Miserables. The rapturous audience response ensured that Alfie was quickly on his way to reaching a whole new audience. Two bestselling albums (Bring Him Home, 2010 and Alfie, 2011) swiftly followed. Alfie also showed he is a consummate performer and a workaholic with two UK tours and two US tours in short succession.
Storyteller, released in November 2012 took Alfie in a different direction, showcasing a combination of popular classics and American folk / gospel sounds. The last three tracks of that album paved the way for the sound of Trust, which was released in November 2013 (April 2014 in America). Trust has a soulful, almost spiritual feel in some tracks and has Alfie’s first original song “Trust“.
Alfie’s toured the UK for his third headline tour in November / December 2014 which showcased music from all his albums, including his latest, Serenata. After a break from live shows in the early part of 2015 Alfie appeared on a mini UK summer tour taking in Northern Ireland (two intimate dates at the Culloden Spa Hotel) and a handful of music festivals: Hampton Court Festival, Alive @ Delapre, Millenium Square, Leeds, Llangollen Eistedfodd and Scarborough Last Night of the Proms. In the middle of all this, Alfie starred as Jimmy in the world premiere of Pete Townshend’s Classic Quadrophenia at the Royal Albert Hall. He had earlier recorded the vocals for the album of the same name.
Alfie’s last album, Serenata, was recorded in London and Denmark in Spring 2014 and was released in November 2014. The album marks a return to the Italian folk songs so beloved of Alfie and marks the third collaboration between him and producers Morgan Pochin. It debuted at number 14 in the charts on release and 3 in the classical chart.
September 2015 saw Alfie return to the role that made most of us stand up and take notice of him – Jean Valjean in the Broadway revival of Les Miserables. Rave reviews followed and continued until the end of the run in February 2016. Never one to rest on his laurels, Alfie went straight into rehearsals for a short run as JM Barrie in Finding Neverland, also on Broadway. This marked something of a new departure for Alfie, with dancing and more complex choreography thrown into the mix but fabulous reviews also followed.
Alfie finished a joint tour with Michael Ball in 2016 which took the pair all over the UK for 29 dates. The pair’s first joint album was released in November 2016 and having entered the album chart at no.3, hovered around the same position for a few weeks, eventually culminating in the coveted number one spot. The album has since returned to the chart twice more in the first few months of 2017. Alfie returned to ENO to star in Carousel in April / May 2017, alongside Katherine Jenkins, proving to be a huge success. Shortly after, Alfie teamed up with Michael Ball again to play a one off concert in New York before flying back to the UK for a short summer tour.
That’s not the last we’ll see of the pair together though as October sees them perform a short tour of Australia and then they’ll be back in the UK for the release of their second album, Together Again and a two week arena tour. They will also be visiting Japan for the first time together, performing two shows in Tokyo. Before any of those things, Alfie is joining Pete Townshend and Billy Idol in a four date concert tour of Classic Quadrophenia in the US; playing at Tanglewood, New York and LA’s Greek Theatre.
Alfie has a new unofficial Japanese fan site – it’s great so if you’re from Japan or read Japanese click here to visit.