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Hans Thomalla

Dark Fall

Opera in 13 Scenes

Text by the composer and Juliana Spahr after Johann Wolfgang Goethes "Elective Affinities"

Song Lyrics by Joshua Clover

First Performance: Nationaltheater Mannheim

February 29 2024

Additional performances: March 2,3,6,8

"Musically and dramaturgically an absolutely convincing evening."

"Opera at the cutting edge as it is rarely found".


"A very, very important piece."


"Since opera is a genre about individually pronounced changes in one's condition, it must be interested in dementia. There aren't many examples for this yet, but Hans Thomalla's "Dark Fall" will be a decisive one."

Frankfurter Rundschau


"Extremely touching!" 



"Estelle Kruger with both her wonderfully rich soprano for which Thomalla has written the most beautiful emphatic melodies as well as with her performance as Ellen defines the center of the show."

Die Deutsche Bühne

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Photo Sergio Verde

Video Trailer: Thiemo Hehl

Composing Dark Fall - Hans Thomalla

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