Alfie Boe was born in Blackpool, Lancashire and grew up in nearby Fleetwood, later becoming an apprentice mechanic at a sports car factory. He was working with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company when he decided to go to music college. He studied at the Royal College Of Music, the National Opera Studio and then the Royal Opera House Young Artists Programme.
When he was at the ROH Young Artists Programme, Alfie was offered one of the lead roles in Baz Luhrmann’s Broadway production of La Bohème. He was rewarded with a Tony Award for his performance. In 2006, Alfie released his first album, Classic FM Presents Alfie Boe, which reached no. 3 in the classical charts.
Aside from his operatic career, Alfie was also cast as Jean Valjean in the 25th anniversary concert performance of Les Misérables in October 2010. In 2011 he performed for English National Opera in The Mikado and La Bohème.
Alfie has always been enthusiastic about pop music as well as opera and musicals – in 2012 he released his Storyteller album, which featured songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Elvis Presley and The Rolling Stones.
On 4 June 2012, Boe performed at the Diamond Jubilee Concert for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. He sang “’O sole mio” leading into Elvis Presley’s “It’s Now Or Never”. He also sang, with the American soprano Renee Fleming, “Somewhere” from West Side Story, this performance taking place on the balcony of Buckingham Palace. He appeared on The One Show on 30 August 2012.