Contraltos are the lowest female singers commonly heard. Unlike their male counterparts (the basses), however, roles for altos are a bit more common, especially in rock musicals. In more traditional pieces, altos are frequently middle-aged leading women, though some of those are mezzos as well. The only role demographic altos have a firm hold over is for women over sixty - which in most shows means grandmothers. In the rare case that there is a female villain in a show, she will probably be an alto.
“Listen here, see… We don’t mind the gay and the lesbians, that’s fine. But don’t you dare be bringing people from North Wales down here.” ↳ Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott and
| Pride (2014)
The campus of Western State Hospital, early on a foggy morning. I was in town to shoot a pilot for a television show which would basically be the antidote to ghost-hunting shows; we’d go into historic abandoned buildings and discuss their actual histories instead of pretending to be scared by pipes shifting. Sadly, the pilot was never picked up. But I had a great time shooting this 1828 asylum campus!
“I live two doors down from Emma Thompson so we’re in each other’s pockets all the time, which is heaven. We’ve known each other for years and years. When we worked together on Harry Potter I got to sack her, which was wonderful, as it’s something I’d been waiting to do for years.” - Imelda Staunton