Music: Cecilie Ore
Text: Bibbi Moslet & Cecilie Ore
Vocal ensemble or choir:
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.NMO 14481 The pregnant pope