26. December 2009 · Comments Off on & Now He’s Alfie · Categories: Links, Opera, San Francisco Symphony

When Alfie Boe sang in Baz Luhrmann’s La Boheme he was introduced as “Alf Boe”. Some people giggled, remembering the TV show (one I missed — it must have been when we didn’t own a TV). And then some melted, because they really fell for the guy. And then we find out that not only is “Alf” one handsome guy, but the handsome guy can sing too.

And then La Boheme was bashed by so many in the opera world. I had been thinking, “This could be it! This could get the movie buffs into the opera world.” But it was bashed pretty hard by, especially, the New York crowd, and the next thing I knew, it was gone.

I had heard that some of the singers had gone on to do some interesting things, while others I’ve not heard a bit about since. Alf became Alfie and it appears has done quite well for himself. (My understanding, too, is that he found his future wife in San Francisco, during the run of Boheme. Nice, eh?)

Now he’s back; he’ll be singing in San Francisco Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. Part of me would love to attend. (Not that I’d try to talk to Boe at all; he didn’t have a clue who I was, and I wouldn’t want to bug him with “Hey, I played with you, dont’cha remember?” kind of stuff. That’s not in my comfort zone or my appropriate zone.) Another, stay-at-home part, prefers to stay home. The “money is tight” part of me is letting the “stay-at-home” part win.

And where are the other Boheme singers? One is with Il Divo (not my cuppa, but I’m betting he’s set for life, income-wise), one is on a grammy nominated opera CD, Volpone. So I guess while it might have been bashed, some of the singers are doing okay.

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