New Review of Dark Spring CD Recording in "Operawire":

 The score is virtuosic, encompassing in a single work numerous recent forms ranging from challenging to catchy."

"The four cast-members are excellent."

“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." 

Thomalla’s “Dark Spring,” so musically satisfying, raises interesting considerations in the perennial debate over the relative importance of music and words, both poetic and dramatic

Dark Spring
produced by Mannheim Opera (NTM)

Opera in 11 Scenes after Frank Wedekind's "Frühlingserwachen"

Song Lyrics by Joshua Clover

Conductor: Alan Pierson

Stage Director: Barbora Horákova Joly

“a finger on the pulse of modern issues”

“an aching, sometimes disturbing work”

Musical America

“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

for Ensemble
Northwestern University New Music Ensemble (CME), Alan Pierson