CECILIE ORE: The Pregnant Pope (The Vatican Trilogy Part 2)


Vocal ensemble or choir

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Music: Cecilie Ore
Text: Bibbi Moslet & Cecilie Ore

Vocal ensemble or choir:

  • Soprano
  • Mezzo-soprano
  • Alto
  • Tenor
  • Baritone
  • Bass

All the solo parts indicated with ‘solo’ should be performed solo also when the piece is performed by a choir.

Duration: approx. 11 minutes

‘The Pregnant Pope” was commissioned by Nordic Voices with support from Det Norske Komponistfond first performed at Bergen International Festival 2018

The Pregnant Pope! – tells the story of a woman disguised as a man who succeeded in being elected pope in the 9th century. She was admired, loved and respected as Pope John till an unfortunate accident occurred during a papal procession. she gave birth to a beby boy and her secret was revealed. Her murder was immediate and resolute. The Vatican felt ridiculed and to prevent any such shameful incident ever happening again, a ‘papal chair’ with a hole (Sedes Stercoraria) was invented. For 600 years every elected pope had to sit on this chair and when lifted up a cardinal investigated the exposed testicles with a stick to ensure absolute masculinity.

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Additional information

Weight 80 g
Dimensions 29.7 × 21 × 0.5 cm