High Five

Alfie Boe’s 5 favorite non-classical genres

Alfie Boe.
Paul Mitchell
Alfie Boe.

Alfie Boe may be best known on these shores as a Tony Award winner for “La Boheme” and in his native England as both a star on the opera stage and in the West End with an acclaimed stint as Jean Valjean in “Les Miserables.” But inside the musical theater/classical crossover packaging beats the heart of a man bursting to hoist his horns.

“I’m a bit of a metal freak,” he says with a laugh on the phone from a Dallas tour stop.

Although Boe will be skipping the Metallica when he plays the Berklee Performance Center Saturday, mainly sticking to the light classical and show tunes of his 2011 release “Alfie,” he is heartened by his expanding parameters.


“One of the reasons I went down the path to do opera was because it was a way of becoming a professional singer.” He says his stint in “Les Miz” has opened doors to other genres. “I do some country songs now, a little bit of classic rock. I’m really getting to be the singer I wanted to be.”

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We chatted about Boe’s five favorite non-classical genres.

1. Classic rock “The Who, Led Zep, Pink Floyd, the Stones. That era is my number one.”

2. Blues “I used to drum a lot in blues bands when I was a kid in Lancashire.”

3. Country “I’m going to go American again! I like Steve Earle, Jim Reeves, Slim Whitman.”


4. ’50s Rock ’n’ Roll “One of my biggest influences was Elvis [Presley]. I think that was really my first input in music.”

5. Metal “Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is a friend of mine and he’s going to join me onstage at my arena tour next year. That will be incredible.”

Sarah Rodman

Alfie Boe plays the Berklee Performance Center Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $49.50.617-747-2261,