Alfie Boe is arguably the UK's favourite tenor and it is easy to see why. In 2010, at the request of Sir Cameron Mackintosh, he took on the lead role of Jean Valjean in the sold-out 25th anniversary concert performances of Les Miserables at the O2 Arena in London. Alfie was such a success, that he was asked to reprise the lead role again in the summer of 2011 in the West-End to great critical acclaim.
Since then, Alfie has released top selling solo albums which have sold in excess of 1 Million copies: Bring Him Home, Alfie and Storyteller. 2012 was an instrumental year which saw Alfie Boe on sold-out UK and USA tours, performing on the balcony of Buckingham Palace at HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert to a television audience of 16.9 million and the release of his best-selling autobiography My Story.
At the age of 17, Alfie Boe became an apprentice mechanic at the TVR factory in Bispham, Blackpool. He enjoyed entertaining his colleagues by singing opera arias while he polished the cars, and one day was overheard by a client with connections in the music industry who was so impressed, he suggested Boe should go to London and audition for the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company.
Alfie's audition was a success and he gave up polishing cars to embark on a singing career. He has never been able to trace the customer who suggested he go for the audition. Alfie Boe moved to London and studied singing at the Royal College of Music, the National Opera Studio and the Royal Opera House's Vilar Young Artists Programme.
All of the music that has inspired Alfie over the years has influenced his singing, his ambition and his artistry. And after years of formal opera training – at the D'Oyly Carte, the Royal College Of Music, The National Opera Studio and the Royal Opera House – he reached a point where he wanted to stretch his wings and sing for new audiences.
He took flight in 2002, leaving behind his education to play the lead in Baz Luhrmann's production of La Bohème on Broadway.
After Broadway, there was no turning back – he travelled America singing musical theatre songs from the 30s and 40s on the Boston Pops tour, released albums inspired by his favourite Neapolitan songs and his late father's favourite composer Franz Lehar, toured the UK with the Fron Male Voice Choir, and was nominated for a slew of Classical Brits, as well as performing in countless operas for, among others, the ENO and the Royal Opera House.
In 2016 he teamed up with Michael Ball to release the album Together featuring songs from the musicals including You'll Never Walk Alone and The Music of the Night. The album was such a success (it was certified double platinum), that the pair reunited the following year to release Together Again.
In 2017 he starred as the romantic lead Billy Bigelow in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel in a limited run at the English National Opera directed by Lonny Price, opposite mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins. He has also starred in The Mikado, Finding Neverland and sung hits from West Side Story,
In 2019, Alfie was awarded an OBE for services to music and charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.