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Today's date: October 2, 2012
Contact: Diana Roth, (412) 471-8717, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Pittsburgh, PA: The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust presents one of Britain’s favorite singer’s Alfie Boe, on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, at 8:00 p.m., at the Byham Theater. This concert is a part of the Cohen and Grisby Trust Presents series. Tickets ($32.25-$42.25) may be purchased in person at the Box Office at Theater Square 655 Penn Avenue, online at www.trustarts.org, or by calling (412) 456-6666. For group discounted tickets, call (412) 471-6930.
Twenty years ago you may not have pegged this typical small town boy searching for direction, for a well-respected opera singer, living in Fleetwood, Lancashire. Music was something constant for Alfie Boe and his affection for the art was passed to him from his father, who was always listening to music on the radio.
Early on Alfie Boe was leaning toward becoming an auto mechanic. At the age of fourteen he joined an amateur operatic company in the hopes of meeting girls. After high school he pursued opera in his spare time while working as a mechanic. While singing along to the stereo in the garage, Boe received the encouragement from customers to audition for D’Oyly Carte Opera Company in London.
His career took off with a twelve month tour performing Gilbert & Sullivan. While touring he won a scholarship to the Royal College of Music. Upon graduation he continued his studies at The National Opera Studio, and the Royal Opera House. Boe was also fascinated by Rock n’ Roll, with a range of influences that include; Richard Tauber, Karl Denver, Slim Whitman, and Maria Callas to Elvis, Bob Dylan, Led Zepplin and Pink Floyd.
Alfie Boe is never afraid to explore new musical frontiers. He proved this yet again when he left the Royal Opera House in 2002 to join Baz Laurman in his Broadway performance of La Bohème. This experience on Broadway earned Boe a Tony Award. Since his Broadway debut in 2002, Boe has toured the United States with the Boston Pops, released several albums, toured with the U.K. male voice choir, performed in numerous operas throughout London, and has been nominated for numerous Classical Brits.
In 2011, Boe performed as Jean Valjean in the 25th Anniversary of Les Misérables at the 02 Arena in London and subsequently performed this role during a five month residency at the Queens Theater in London. The same year, Boe’s Bring Him Home album reached the Top 10.
Alfie Boe is the recipient of the Clonter Opera Prize, the John Christie Award, and the Silver Clef for Classical Music. During 2012, Boe has been writing new material, as well as an autobiography, and touring throughout the U.K, Australia, and the United States. His latest album, Alfie, further showcases his versatility and ambition, particularly with his Robert Plant team-up on Tim Buckley's 'Song to the Siren.’
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh’s 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh. www.Trustarts.org