Q&A Rosie Aldridge
Rosie Aldridge is singing the role of Ruth in Scottish Opera and D’Oyly Carte Opera Company’s The Pirates of Penzance. She was last seen by Scottish Opera audiences in the Opera Highlights tour in 2012.
Hi Rosie, how are you today, how are rehearsals going?
Very well thank you! As you can imagine, with a show like Pirates, we are having lots of fun and rehearsals are going well.
What have you been up to since the last time we saw you?
I played Florence Pike in ETO's production of Albert Herring; Mrs Peachum with that RLPO as well as lots of concert work including a recital series with Simon Lepper.
What kind of a character is Ruth?
She's a forty-seven year old woman who's been stuck on a pirate ship for 13 years so as you can imagine she is a little unstable! There is real goodness in her however her judgement is extremely clouded by her overpowering emotions and feelings of love for Frederic.
What do you like about her, and what do you like about playing her?
I like her; I love that she's not afraid to express herself in the most extreme ways. I like her vulnerability. It is great playing such a complicated and strong character.
You sang ‘Cheerily carols the lark’ from Ruddigore in our Opera Highlights tour in 2012, was that your first time performing Gilbert and Sullivan?
No, I have sung the role of Lady Jane in Patience at the Musee D'Orsay.
How does it feel to be part of the re-launch of D’Oyly Carte?
It is very exciting and a huge honour as I have grown up with this company and remember going to see shows when I was a little girl.
Are you looking forward to touring the UK with the production?
It's always wonderful taking a show to different audience - each one seems to have their own unique response which keeps us on our toes as nothing is ever the same.
Where are you particularly looking forward to visiting?
I am particularly looking forward to visiting the Cardiff Millenium Centre as I have heard so much about this amazing venue but have never performed there myself.
With such a long tour how do you make sure you keep the part fresh each time you perform?
I try to keep it fresh by responding to my colleagues in the moment and with such experienced professionals as Steven Page and Richard Suart in the company, we will certainly be kept on our toes!
What are your top tips for getting through a long tour?
Lots of sleep, a healthy diet and keeping your fingers crossed!
The Pirates of Penzance opens on 15 May in Glasgow then visits Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle, Oxford and Cardiff.
For full touring and ticket infomation click here.