From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the symphony, see Asrael Symphony.
Not to be confused with Azriel (disambiguation).
Opera by Alberto Franchetti
Alberto Franchetti circa 1906.jpg
The composer ca. 1906
Description leggenda
Librettist Ferdinando Fontana
Language Italian
Premiere 11 February 1888 (1888-02-11)
Teatro Municipale di Reggio

Asrael is a leggenda or opera in four acts by composer Alberto Franchetti and librettist Ferdinando Fontana. The plot, based on German fairy tale and folklore, displays the conflict between the spirit of evil and the spirit of Christian love, represented by Asrael and Nefta respectively. The work is Franchetti's first opera and displays strong influences of Meyerbeer and Wagner, mixed with late 19th-century Italian idioms. The opera premiered at the Teatro Municipale di Reggio on 11 February 1888.[1] The opera made its United States debut at the Metropolitan Opera on November 26, 1890 with Andreas Dippel in the title role.[2]


Role Voice type Premiere Cast, 11 February 1888[3]
Nefta/Suor Clotilde soprano Virginia Damerini
Asrael tenor Ladislao Mierzwinski
Loretta mezzo-soprano Giulia Novelli
Lucifero/re di Brabante bass Lodovico Contini
Liboria soprano Maria Pia (it)
Contadino bass Francesco Carmignani
Araldo bass Ulisse Peroni


  1. ^ Jürgen Maehder: "Asrael", Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed January 30, 2009), (subscription access)
  2. ^ Metropolitan Opera Archives Dippel, Andreas (Tenor). Accessed 25 January 2009.
  3. ^ Casaglia, Gherardo, Amadeus Almanac, 11 February 1888. Accessed 25 January 2009.