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Me and my health: Aoife Miskelly on her lifestyle

By Helen Carson

The 35-year-old Belfast-born soprano lives in London with her opera director fiance Joe Austin. The couple are due to get married in September.

Q: Do you take regular exercise - and if so what?

A: I go to the gym a couple of times a week where I like to use the cross trainer and the bike... I'm not so good at running. Hiking is great exercise and I do this wherever I am in the world performing. Recently I was in Japan and we hiked up a mountain to get a good view of Mount Fuji, but I also love walking in Wales and, of course, in Cushendall and the Glens of Antrim. There was a tennis court where we used to live in London, but since we're moving we don't get to play as much.

Q: What's the worse illness you have had?

A: Recently I had pleurisy (where the chest and lungs become inflamed) so I missed a couple of The Snow Maiden shows because of it. I was ill for six weeks and it was pretty grim and I was in a lot of pain - it felt like being stabbed and as a singer that is not good. I kept on singing through most of it.

Q: How healthy is your diet?

A: Pretty good as I don't like sweets or chocolate or drink caffeine. Breakfast is usually porridge with fruit (below) and a good dollop of Manuka honey and decaffeinated tea. I'm off bread for Lent and I've been getting 'hangry' as a result. I love salads but it's hard to be good as myself and Joe have been to four dinner parties recently where you are offered all manner of treats.

Q: Any bad habits?

A: When I come home after a performance on a high I tend to have a snack... but it's after 11pm, which is not good. I find myself reaching for a bowl of cornflakes or crisps and as I am getting married at the end of the year I've had to temporarily swear off this.

Q: Do you drink and/or smoke - if so, how much?

A: I don't smoke... as an opera singer I wouldn't get away with that, and I don't drink alcohol often as it would affect my voice. I do love a gin and would have two drinks maybe twice a week.

Q: Do you take health supplements?

A: Bromelain pineapple extract, which is good for reducing inflammation as well as vitamin D and C to help prevent colds.

Q: How do you take time out?

A: Meeting friends and travelling which I do a lot of for work. When I'm on a long journey I will catch up with all the TV that I've missed on my iPad - anything medical like 24 Hours in A&E or shows such as Homeland and House of Cards.

Q: How well do you sleep?

A: Not bad. I fall asleep about 9.50pm every night - you could set your watch by me. I am a morning person, which is the total opposite of Joe.

Q: Do you worry about getting old?

A: No, at this stage of my life. It is nice to be getting older. I am happier now than I have ever been.

Q: What is your go-to product or habit that keeps you feeling healthy?

A: Having a bath as I find that so relaxing. We are moving house at the moment and finding one with a bath and an open fire in London is not particularly easy.

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