'In the bleak mid-winter.' Gustav Holst
As Alfie Boe releases his new album Storyteller, we thought it was about time we got to know him a little better... Here are twenty things you never knew about the singer.
Alfie loves football, but never has time to go. "My team has to be Liverpool, of course."
Alfie used to work as dressing room security in music venues to some big names like Tom Jones and Pet Shop Boys.
Alfie is the proud owner of a dog called Guinness. Pic: John Marshall/JME Enternational/AP
Recently on Alfie's US Tour, fans have taken to throwing knickers on the stage: "I'd heard about this back in the early Tom Jones days but was stunned when it happened to me…!"
Alfie has a Harley Davidson which he loves to ride. It's kept in The USA but he says he might ship it over to the UK...
The chat up line he used on his wife when they first met in San Francisco was "You can't get a decent cuppa tea round here..."
Alfie is a huge film fan: “I love films - especially on long haul flight - I get to catch up on everything, My favourite films, which change every time I'm asked are: Easy Rider, National Lampoon - Vacation, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Raging Bull and Back to The Future."
Alfie’s favourite holiday destination is Hawaii, where he spent his honeymoon. His worst trip was Macau: "I was playing in an Opera, had no money and was at a real low point in my career. Just wanted to get home the whole time I was there!"
If Alfie could spend a day with anyone, alive or dead, he would spend it with John Lennon.
In 1994 Alfie Boe was the winner of the West London Karaoke Championship with a scorching rendition of the Elvis classic, ‘Suspicious Minds’.
Alfie is a devout supporter of Liverpool FC, a passion that began at school when all his classmates were cheering on rivals Manchester United.
Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh joined Alfie to perform Queen track 'One Vision' at the pre-Olympics launch party for Team GB, in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Alfie joined opera legend Renee Fleming on a balcony at Buckingham Palace to sing 'Somewhere' from West Side Story for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert in 2012. It was the first time a non-royal had ever been allowed on the balcony.
In one production of La Traviata, Alfie was required to appear stark naked on stage. He got so many loud gasps and whistles from the audience that the producers made him keep his trousers on.
Alfie is the youngest of nine children.
When Alfie's mum was expecting him, she was watching a band on TV. As the drummer suddenly burst into a solo, Alfie kicked inside his mum's belly and knocked off a cup of tea that was resting on it.
Alfie says there are loads of people he would love to sing with, including Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Adele, David Bowie and Florence and the Machine.
Alfie's full name is Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe but he doesn't have a drop of Italian blood. His mother was Irish and his dad was a Norwegian. He was named after Pope John 23rd whose last name was Roncalli.
Young Alfie was singing while polishing cars at a sports car factory near Blackpool when a client told him he should audition for the D'Oyly Carte opera company. He did - and got a year-long job singing in the chorus.
Alfie was criticised by the classical music establishment when he said he found watching opera "boring" and never went to see it.