... the Brent geese fly in long low wavering lines ...
Concerto for Orchestra (2021)
First performance: Munich Musica Viva, February 17, 2023
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Opera in 11 Scenes after Frank Wedekind's "Frühlingserwachen"
Song Lyrics by Joshua Clover
Conductor: Alan Pierson
Stage Director: Barbora Horákova Joly
produced by Mannheim Opera (NTM)
“a finger on the pulse of modern issues”
“an aching, sometimes disturbing work”
“From the downbeat the mastery of orchestration that Thomalla wields is evident. The composition, execution, and performance are unparalleled.”
Music City Review
"This avowed song-opera goes like a bolted arrow directly into the listener’s heart"
The Whole Note
“I want to go over the meadows in the twilight…” sings Wendla (Lavi) in another of those moments where Thomalla allows a voice to shine, and to a melodic line whose beauty goes on after the closing bars."
Dark Spring CD on Oehms / Classical
and on Spotify / Apple Music
(2020-21) for amplified Ensemble
Performances in Fall 2022:
Sept. 16 Beethoven Festival Bonn (Alarm Will Sound, Alan Pierson)
Sept. 18 Bratislava White Night Festival (Quasars Ensemble, Ivan Buffa)
October 26, University of Missouri Kansas City