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 next album, Serenata, was recorded in London and Denmark in Spring 2014 and was released in November 2014. The album marked a return to the Italian folk songs so beloved of Alfie and was the third collaboration between him and producers Morgan Pochin.
Following more live dates, 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. 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 and then into a short run as JM Barrie in Finding Neverland, also on Broadway.
Alfie then teamed up with Michael Ball for several tours and several bestselling albums: Together, Back Together, Back Together for Christmas and Together in Vegas. In between, Alfie returned to ENO to star in Carousel in April / May 2017, alongside Katherine Jenkins, proving to be a huge success. A further solo album, As Time Goes By, Alfie’s interpretation of 20’s and 30’s standards was also in the mix. Shortly after, Alfie spent sixteen weeks in a concert version of Les Miserables in London, alongside Michael Ball, Matt Lucas and Carrie Hope Fletcher.
Alfie will tour the UK, ending up in Dublin, Ireland, in September and October this year and a second Vegas concert is booked for April 2023.
Alfie has an unofficial Japanese fan site – it’s great so if you’re from Japan or read Japanese click here to visit.