It’s one of the big calls in any singer’s career: are you free to sing ‘Et Incarnatus Est’ for the Pope on Christmas Eve? Oh, and a global TV audience of 700 million.
Chen Reiss, a London-based Israeli soprano, shot off to Rome and delivered the credo to perfection.
Pope Francis, informed of the casting only a day beforehand, is reported to have said: ‘I approve very much, because Mary was also Jewish.’
Manfred Honeck conducted.