|MB: The repetition in text and coloratura. Understanding and making internal decisions as to why text and long lines of coloratura are repeated and figuring out how to emote and bring out the text in a way that resonates with me as the storyteller.
JH: Because this is a brand new piece for me, the most daunting part of preparing it is becoming comfortable with the music, which is why I love to have the music in my body at least two months before a show. Sometimes that happens and other times, because of circumstances beyond my control, it doesn’t. However, with the help of my amazing teachers, coaches and team, I know it will be a wonderful success. The music is quite gorgeous, and I’m honored to be making my debut in another Handelian work. I couldn’t be happier to be returning to Carnegie Hall in this piece.