The Viola Commissioning Circle
Viola Commissioning Circle

Thomas Adès Three Berceuses

Three Berceuses arranged for viola and piano from The Exterminating Angel (2018). They are based on some of the opera’s most exquisite and memorable music – the first two drawing on the yearning melancholy duets of the doomed lovers Beatriz and Eduardo, the last a version of Silvia’s eerie berceuse macabre from Act III, in which she cradles a dead lamb, thinking she is rocking her son to sleep (‘It’s very late now, Yoli, it’s bedtime’).

Commissioned for Lawrence Power and underwritten by the VCC; co-commissioned by Verbier Festival, Moritzburg Festival, BBC Radio 3, Aspen Festival, UKARIA Cultural Centre, South Australia, Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam

Private premiere of first Berceuse 19 September 2018 at 22 Mansfield Street, London W1
Lawrence Power and Huw Watkins
World premiere Verbier Festival 21 July 2019 at Église, Verbier
Lawrence Power and George Li
UK premiere BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert 21 October 2019 Wigmore Hall
Lawrence Power and Simon Crawford-Phillips
German premiere Moritzburg Festival July 2019
US premiere Aspen Festival August 2020
Australian premiere UKARIA Cultural Centre October 2020
Dutch premiere Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ November 2020