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Thursday 8 December 2016

Clean living is key to my success - I don't drink or smoke, says Irish opera sensation Celine

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Opera star Celine Byrne
Opera star Celine Byrne

She's achieved great success despite singing professionally for only five years and Irish opera star Celine Byrne is going to great lengths to ensure her voice can go the distance.

The Kildare soprano is one of Ireland's most sought-after musical exports, having performed in operas around the world. Earlier this year she appeared in a prestigious production of Madame Butterfly with the Moscow State Orchestra.

Celine spends over half the year performing and says taking care of her voice when she's on and off stage is high on her list of priorities.

"I'm still quite young, I'm only singing professionally for five years and to come as far as I have now I feel blessed," she said.

"Losing my voice is a worry, but I eat a balanced diet, I don't drink, I don't smoke and I try to keep everything in moderation," she told the Herald.

"I'm doing all that I can really. The only thing that has ever let me down is tiredness, so I tend to rest a lot when I'm off stage."

As well as healthy living the stage star, who previously auditioned for Louis Walsh's girl band Girlzone, also puts in long hours preparing for challenging roles.

"Right now I'm learning three roles in three different languages, so it's a bit of a head wreck," Celine said.

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"Everything I sing I know because I translate the opera to learn my role and then I'll learn it phonetically.

"So although I don't speak, say, Czech, I still understand what I'm singing.

"It's not my job that's tough, because I love performing. It's the work that goes into every role," she added.

Celine is looking forward to taking a break from exotic operas as she is lined up to perform a mix of songs, including some home-grown favourites, at the Music in Monkstown festival, which runs from September 18 to 20.

"I have to sing in so many different languages so it will be nice to come home and sing some Irish songs. I don't often get the opportunity to, other than the odd Danny Boy during an encore," she said.

"I'm very proud of my heritage and I love to be able to celebrate that."

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