Alfonso und Estrella

  • Mauregato, King of Leon ( baritone)
  • Estrella, his daughter (Soprano)
  • Adolfo, commander of Mauregato ( bass)
  • Froila, exiled King of Leon ( baritone)
  • Alfonso, his son (tenor )

Alfonso and Estrella D 732 is a three-act " Great heroic- romantic " opera by Franz Schubert on a libretto by Franz von Schober. It was conceived in 1821 / 1822.


The old king Froila (baritone ) was driven into exile after Mauregato (baritone ) and its commander Adolfo ( bass) have him dethroned. The commander is Estrella (soprano ) promised the daughter of the new ruler. This, in turn, learns, after the hunt wandering about in rock and forest, know Froilas son Alfonso ( tenor) and love. After some detours it comes to reconciliation between the kings and the throne of Alfonso.

Performance history

Although there were plans to premiere the opera Schubert's lifetime in Vienna, Dresden, Berlin and Graz, it was only in 1854 under Franz Liszt in Weimar court theater to do so.

A heavily edited version of Johann Nepomuk Fuchs ( libretto printing Vienna 1881), briefly had some success, but marred the work as well as later by Kurt Honolka.

In 1977 came the British Reading to a first performance in modern times, in 1978 played Otmar Suitner the full version with well-known songs singers a, including Edith Mathis, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer- Dieskau, Hermann Prey and Theo Adam. At the rehearsals in 1991 under Mario Venzago in Graz Opera and 1997 by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Theater an der Wien was an attempt to achieve greater success with the public through cuts. Meanwhile, there were several other stage performances.


Weimar court theater playbill 1854, without naming the librettist ( Schober ) and conductors ( Liszt)

Autograph of " Song of the Cloud Damsels " ( Froila ), later quoted in " deception " ( Winter Journey )