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Why Michael Ball and Alfie Boe will never get tired of singing Les Mis / Daily Review

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In 2007, tenor Alfie Boe and musical theatre star Michael Ball appeared together in an English National Opera production of the classic musical Kismet, now famous for being particularly awful. It might well have been a low point in both of their careers - the London Evening Standard declared "A terrible fate should befall this Kismet" - but it turned out to be the start of a very successful collaboration. "We sort of pulled forces together to get through it and forged a strong friendship," Boe recalls. "We talked about doing some work together since then, which eventually developed into concerts and then a record."

Both have had successful careers on stage: Ball had his major breakthrough in 1985 as Marius in the original production of Les Miserables, and went on to become one of the UK's most popular stars of the stage, winning two Olivier Awards. Boe started his career as a classical singer but in 2010 performed the role of Jean Valjean at the 25th Anniversary Concert of Les Miserables, broadcast to cinemas around the world.

Both have had successful recording careers, releasing multiple high-charting recordings, but it was their duet album, Together, that proved their biggest success. It's been classified Platinum two times (meaning it's sold more than 600,000 copies) and was the UK Christmas #1 album last year. "I've got to say - neither of us really anticipated the way that the UK public would embrace us coming together, and the fact that we've now been able to come out to Australia, and there's an appetite for what we do down here, is just amazing," says Ball.    

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