New International Media artist (and worldwide sensation) Alfie Boe sings “O Sole Mio/ It’s Now Or Never” live at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee this past June 4.
Britain’s Favourite singer, Alfie Boe, and the celebrated American soprano Renée Fleming performed ‘Somewhere’ from Bernstein’s West Side Story on the Royal Balcony as part of the BBC’S Diamond Jubilee Concert in London this evening. This iconic moment from the show is the first time that a non Royal has been allowed onto this balcony and Gary Barlow and the BBC had to seek special permission from The Palace for this to take place. Two of the greatest stars of the opera world, their rendition had the crowd mesmerised and of course the balcony is so relevant for this moment because of West Side Story being based on Romeo and Juliet.
Alfie commented “This was an incredible moment for me, performing for Her Majesty and the Royal Family, standing on their balcony at Buckingham Palace. Tonight was so exciting and I hope everyone enjoyed it, the crowds here at The Palace and on television across the UK and around The World. I can’t quite believe that I performed here on the stage in front of The Palace and then on the World-Famous balcony, with some of the greatest performers of our time”
Pictures available from PA or http://www.bbcpictures.com
Alfie Boe: Everyone knows the now legendary story of Alfie Boe, discovered singing, by a customer at the car factory in Blackpool where he worked. Went on to train at The Royal College of Music, The National Opera Studio and Royal Opera House, young Artist Programme. Taken by Baz Lurhmann to play lead in his Broadway version of La Boheme for which he won a Tony Award – followed by principle roles at English National Opera, Welsh and Scottish National Opera and performances at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Then 2010 he played the role of Jean Valjean in the spectacular Les Miserables 25th Anniversary show at the 02 Arena and everything changed: his career has gone ‘through the roof’. Two top ten albums; sales approaching 750,000 in the UK alone. His first UK Tour in December ’11 and January ’12 completely sold out – US Tour in October, new arena tour announced for 2013, new album this Christmas and his autobiography will be published in the Autumn.