AN OPERA star has signed a deal which could rocket him to superstar status.
Fleetwood tenor Alfie Boe, 31, has signed a deal with EMI Classics - which boasts Placido Domingo, Nigel Kennedy and Lesley Garrett in its stable.
His initial release for Classic FM went to number three in the charts which will be followed by albums in April and later in the Autumn.
Alfie said: "It's been an amazing 12 months working with Classic FM and now I am extremely excited to be signing with EMI Classics.
"For me, EMI is the spiritual home of classical music with a history of some of the finest classical artists and recordings anywhere in the world.
"To sign to a record company with this rich heritage is both unbelievably exciting and very humbling.
"I am so looking forward to working with everyone at EMI Classics and making records that, hopefully, people will really enjoy."
Alfie has had a hectic promotional schedule since his first release, including singing the national anthem in front of 82,000 people at Twickenham - the home of English rugby union.
He said: "It's wonderful doing things like that and I'm enjoying every minute."
He has deals in the offing for full-scale opera productions in major opera houses and added: "It's important I go back to the opera house to maintain my credibility as an opera singer.
"If you don't do that you can be accused of not taking your art seriously."
Alfie's mum Patricia Boe said: "I am so pleased for him because he has worked so hard.
"He has had setbacks but he has put so much into his career.
"I am very proud of him."
Thomas Kaurich, Head of EMI Classics UK said: "Alfie Boe is a remarkable young British talent who couples a fantastic voice with a very down-to-earth approach to his work.
"We are delighted to be partnering Alfie in this exciting next stage of his career."
Alfie hit the headlines this year on the release of his Classic FM CD as a singer who had quit a job at the now doomed TVR in Bispham to pursue his dream of stardom.
But in between there has been much hard work including training at the Royal College of Music, the National Opera Studio and the Royal Opera House Young Artists Programme.
During his training at the Royal Opera, Alfie was recruited by producer Baz Luhrmann for a Broadway run in Puccini's La Boheme - a production that won Alfie a Tony Award. It was during that run that he met his American wife Sarah, a ballet dancer.