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Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe was born 35 years ago in Blackpool, a seaside town in the north west of England and brought up in nearby Fleetwood. As the youngest of 9 children, little did Alfie's parents know that the baby of the family would grow up to be one of the finest British tenors of his generation. His mother of Irish and father of Norwegian descent respectively, loved classical music. On Sundays the family would sit around the dining table whilst Alfie's father would listen to his favourite tenor, Richard Tauber. Alfie would sit patiently waiting to be excused so he could go and play football. Many years later he realized the immense effect those Sunday afternoons would have on his life.
Alfie went on to study at The Royal College of Music and then The Royal Opera House; there it was that he received a call changing his plans. The caller was Baz Luhrmann who, after spending two years looking for one of the main leads for his controversial production of Puccini's La Boheme, approached Alfie for the role. "We came to London to hear a young tenor called Alfie Boe who turned out to be absolutely extraordinary." - Baz Luhrmann Things just got better and better for Boe, and this year in particular has been an eventful one. After taking the lead role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables at The Queens Theatre, Alfie lead the cast in Cameron Mackintosh's 25th Anniversary celebration of Les Mis at London's 02 Arena. This momentous occasion has been captured on DVD, to be released by Universal Pictures. Alfie will then be returning to the stage production in the same role next year. Alfie brings a hugely successful year to a close with the release of his new album - his finest to date - Bring Him Home. He delivers a wonderful selection of many of the greatest of all show tunes, from such Rodgers & Hammerstein evergreens as Some Enchanted Evening and If I Loved You through to more recent winners from Sunset Boulevard, Moulin Rouge and, of course, Les Miserables. The tenor is joined by a couple of distinctive voices for two mesmerising duets: West End star Kerry Ellis for a powerful performance of Come What May and none other than comedian Matt Lucas in the first duet version of The Impossible Dream. With Alfie Boe's ringing tenor voice, the magic of the musical has never sounded more enchanting.
Once you hear that prayer of Bring Him home, you will know why I love this mans music.
I first heard Alfie in the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables and I immediately fell in love with his voice and looked to purchase his albums.
I love every song and recommend the purchase to anyone else who enjoyed hearing him that first time.
This is a "ten Hanky" album bring a big box of tissues! Fantastic!Published 28 days ago by Kathleen A. Bishop
Alfie Boe has a fabulous voice and I loved the CD Bring Him Home - beautiful!!Published 1 month ago by Patricia Lines
I absolutely love this artist. Anything that comes out of his mouth is fantastic. I will be getting more of his cds. Bravo!!!!!Published 2 months ago by Sandra Zelzer
If you're an Alfie Boe fan, this is a MUST HAVE disk of great songs!Published 2 months ago by Ashley Rigby
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Big Hollywood money wants big Hollywood names whether or not they have the singing talent to pull it off. I love Hugh Jackman and he has a great voice albeit more a baritone than a tenor. I wonder if they will need to drop "Who Am I" and "Bring Him Home" down a few keys for... Read More
Feb 12, 2012 by Stargate luver | See all 15 posts
I'm in Chicago and just saw Alfie Boe in LES MISERABLES IN CONCERT -25TH ANNIVER. which was broadcast as a fund-raising event for local public TV (WTTW) If other public broadcasting markets broadcast LES MIS.....it will do amazing things for his career here in the states. If you haven't heard... Read More
Feb 18, 2011 by William J. Maroney | See all 4 posts