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Mario Caravadossi from Tosca!

There were nine roles mentioned in all but by far the most nominations were for Tosca.  We are incredibly lucky in that there are a few videos of Alfie singing E Lucevan Le Stelle available and I chose The Music of Morse, mainly because it has the added bonus of Alfie singing with Lesley Garrett as well!

The other operas were:

  • Lensky – Eugene Onegin
  • Nemorino – L’Elisr D’amore
  • Alfredo – La Traviata
  • The Duke – Rigoletto
  • Don Jose – Carmen
  • Don Ottavio – Don Giovanni
  • Ferrando – Cosi Fan Tutte
  • Rodolfo – La Boheme – of course!

Although Alfie Boe’s operatic career has played many of these roles, most famously, Rodolfo, these performances are not recorded for posterity (or at least not available in the public domain) with the exception of ENO’s La Boheme at The Coliseum.  However, he has recorded several of the arias in these operas; click here for the Alfie Boe Opera playlist on Spotify.

Many of Alfie’s fans wish he would return to the operatic stage although whether or not he would be entirely welcome in that world these days remains to be seen (interesting either way).  Whenever the subject crops up in discussion, fans would most like to hear how his voice has matured and grown since he was an opera singer.  The release of Alfie’s new album, Serenata leads us back towards a more classical vein which has tantalised the opera lovers among us – will he sing more operatic arias and what will it sound like?  Thankfully we live in an age of technology and we can hear Alfie singing La Donna E Mobile, from Rigoletto, just a few weeks ago at the BBC Belfast Proms in the Park (another added bonus, we get the whole repertoire too!):  La Donna E Mobile starts at 5.40 mins.

Alfie’s new album, Serenata can be pre-ordered below:

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Alfie Boe  headlined the Belfast leg of BBC Proms in the Park this year (although you wouldn’t known it had you relied on BBC Red Button service to watch) and once again ensured that he captured our hearts with his spine tingling performance.

Beginning with the obligatory Bring Him Home, Alfie then went on to sing La Donna E Mobile – one he acknowledged he had not sung for a while.  For many of Alfie’s fans this would have been the first time they had heard him sing an operatic aria and it was sublime! A richer, more mature sound than that on the Classic FM album, Alfie has just made us want to hear more, more, more!

Thankfully, the performance has found it’s way onto Youtube – thanks Marcia for sharing:

As you can see, Alfie’s first attempt at lyric writing, for My Heart is Yours,  is a success; did we expect anything else you might ask?  “The Stars, they dance when you are near” – Sarah Boe is a lucky woman although Alfie is always the first to admit, when interviewed, that he is the lucky one.  Suffice to say, the romantic lyrics will fit right in with the romantic nature of the upcoming album, Serenata.  Speaking of which, the next promotional video was released yesterday:

Serenata is released on 17th November, if you haven’t pre-ordered yet, just click on the image below:

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Don’t forget to tune into ITV at 7pm tonight (UK only, sadly) for Sunday Night at the London Palladium!

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Be still our beating hearts!  Alfie fans, tomorrow night is the time we get to hear Alfie’s own lyrics!  And appropriately enough, the words were written for My Heart is Yours, the theme from the film Il Postino.  This information was revealed by Alfie in a BBC interview ahead of his Belfast Proms in the Park appearance (click here for the full interview).  I am reliably (hopefully) informed that if you’re unable to watch the Proms, you should be able to listen live on BBC Radio Ulster – click here.

The chance to hear Alfie’s own music is the latest titbit of Serenata news this week; the official artwork for the album cover has been released (click on the image below to pre-order, if you haven’t already done so – and if not, why not???)

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Alfie’s Facebook page also offers fans the chance to vote for their favourite photo for the 2015 calendar – so far, January is the only month that can be voted for but I’m sure that the other eleven will follow…wait for it…SOON!

This week, we also learnt that Alfie’s previous album, Trust, has been nominated for Best Solo recording in the Broadway World.com Awards – way to go Alfie!  If you haven’t yet voted, click here to do so.

Before we get to Saturday night UK time, let’s enjoy Alfie’s appearance at the Glasgow Proms in 2013 in which he showcased Trust (thanks to Annie Lloyd for sharing):

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Looks like Alfie Boe is starting to be busy over the next few weeks – in addition to appearing at Elton John’s annual fundraising bash on 4th September, he is scheduled to appear on BBC Radio Ulster for a brief chat tomorrow evening (Sunday 31st).

Apparently Alfie will be on about 8.45pm (UK time).  Alfie’s upcoming appearance at Belfast’s Proms in the Park is bound to be the subject of the interview.

As Alfie will be in the UK this week, wonder if he’ll appear, for the third year in a row, at the Mercury Phoenix Trust’s Freddie for a Day fundraiser?

For a Saturday treat, let’s look back at Alfie and Laura Wright singing Barcelona at the 2013 event:

 

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