Thursday, 1 March 2012

Alfie Boe & Olivia Newton John at Sydney Opera House

Alfie Boe
One of the world's great voices is coming to Australia this week. Britain's favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, makes his debut Australian trip to tour and promote the release of his eagerly-awaited album 'Alfie'.

He will be On Tour in Australia with Olivia Newton John at the Sydney Opera House March 1, 2 and 3.

I have seen him on our Les Miserables DVD, and am impressed with his strong voice.
Combine the bloke-ish charm and showmanship of Hugh Jackman with the spirit of young Aussie tenor Mark Vincent and top it all off with the operatic-pop power of a Pavarotti-style voice and you have UK star Alfie Boe one of the world's great voices to visit Australia this week Britain's favourite tenor, Alfie Boe, makes his debut Australian trip to tour and promote the release of his eagerly-awaited album 'Alfie'.

Olivia Newton John
After winning a TONY award for his role in Baz Luhrmann's Broadway production of La Boheme in New York in 2002, life has only accelerated for Alfie Boe.

After solo performances around the world, he went on to take the lead role of Jean Valjean in London's West End production of Les Miserables, a role that he is now internationally renowned for.

Currently performing his solo 23-date national tour of the UK, it's hard to believe that Boe has had time to record a new album but in 'Alfie', he presents a collection of the most beautiful and timeless songs, sung just the way you want to hear them.

The spine-tingling, lump in your throat cliché’s all come true when hearing his delivery of such romantic classics as the forever popular 'When I Fall In Love', Leonard Bernstein's impassioned 'Maria' from West Side Story and Ewan MacColl's heartfelt "folk song" 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face'.

Having teamed up with good friend Matt Lucas (Little Britain) for a duet on his first album (see the hilarious YouTube clips here), Alfie Boe continues to surprise with his unlikely, but perfect, pairings by being joined here by one of his heroes, Led Zeppelin rock legend Robert Plant. After a chance meeting in a bar, the two singers were soon in a studio recording an extremely moving version of Tim Buckley's Song 'To The Siren'. Having been called "Boe, the Bad Boy of Opera" it is entirely fitting that Boe should welcome Plant onto his new record, and, somewhat surprisingly, their voices blend beautifully against the delicate orchestration. This collaboration may soon be witnessed in the flesh.

Alfie Boe
Alfie's versatile voice takes us on a journey through the musicals, with the uplifting 'Being Alive' from the musical Company, the all-time favourite 'Music Of The Night' from Phantom of the Opera, George Gershwin's jazz standard 'Someone to Watch Over Me' from Oh, Kay!, 'Wheels of a Dream' from the musical Ragtime and of course Jean Valjean's own 'Who Am I' ("I'm Jean Valjean!") from Les Mis.

With Alfie Boe's ringing tenor voice, the magic of the musical has never sounded more enchanting.

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