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A Great Voice

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A Great Voice

Alfie Boe was a little known opera singer until he played the part of Valjean in the 25th anniversary version of Les Miserables at the O2. 
Alfie Boe
He certainly deserved his standing ovation at the end Smiley
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pierre_pierre
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he was popular before last October, but agree he is good
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The same song from the end of the performance when they gathered a quartet of Valjean's to close the show.

Quartet
pierre_pierre
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hardly call him unkown http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfie_Boe
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In 2006, Boe was signed to the Classic FM Presents label as their first signing in a new venture for the radio station and his album, Classic FM Presents Alfie Boe reached number three in the UK classical chart.  In November 2006 he was signed to the EMI Classics label  and his first album on that label, Onward, was released in March 2007.
Boe toured the United Kingdom (UK) with the Fron Male Voice Choir in February 2007 and took part in the first Classic FM webcast concert with soprano Natasha Marsh in March. The same month he was appointed as an ambassador of The Prince of Wales Arts & Kids Foundation, a British educational charity working to inspire and educate children by introducing them to the arts. Boe's role being to bring music, and opera in particular for those children involved.
In April, he starred alongside Lesley Garrett and Willard White in the ITV Music of Morse concert at the Royal Albert Hall. His was nominated for a Classical BRIT for Best Album. missing out to Paul McCartney at the ceremony on 3 May.
He also performed alongside Michael Ball in the English National Opera production of Kismet.  His live performance of the song Stranger in Paradise from Kismet on the Michael Parkinson show was released as a digital download single on 25 June. In August he realised an ambition to record an album of Neopolitan songs which was released in November under the title La Passione. On 24 August he performed at the Arundel Festival alongside Natasha Marsh.  On 19 October he performed at Canterbury Cathedral during the Canterbury Festival.  He performed at the annual Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall on 10 November.


and that was three years before O2
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He was not a household name until Les Mis, being known mainly to a classical audience. At Christmas in an interview he thanked Cameron McIntosh for giving him the opportunity to meet a wider audience.  Since October he has appeared in the stage version of Les Mis for the first time and will be going back into the cast later this year.  He will play Valjean again.  He is also to undertake his first tour of America.
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ITV Music of Morse concert at the Royal Albert Hall
Micheal Parkinson show
Festival of Remembrance, Royal Albert Hall
Canterbury Cathedral Festival

They all have a general Audience, and that was in 2007
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The O2 concert was brought to a conclusion with a quartet of Valjeans from various performances around the world.  Very contrasting voices but so well blended together.
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This was also performed at the Royal variety Show.
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@artmo & p_p, thanks for the links, cheered up a somewhat cold, foggy (and snowy) Sunday morning
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@journeys if you get a chance to buy the DVD it's well worth it.  Amazon has it for £9.99 at present.  In addition to Alfie Boe there are some other great performances from Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon) Nick Jonas, and a very funny performance from Matt Lucas.