Die Heimkehr aus der Fremde (German, Return of the stranger), known in English as Son and stranger or Return of the roamer, or is a one-act Singspiel written by Felix Mendelssohn in 1829 to a German libretto by the composer's friend Karl Klingemann, a poet who would later provide the text for the oratorio Elijah. The English title Son and stranger originated with the translation by Mendelssohn's friend, the critic Henry Chorley, created for a London production of 1851 and still often used for the rare revivals in English-speaking countries. The work was published posthumously as Mendelssohn's Op. 89.

Original Name Heimkehr aus der Fremde
Librettist Karl Klingemann
Date of composition 1829
Premiered 1851, April 10th in Leipzig, Germany
First published 1851
Catalogue Op. 89
Instruments Orchestra
Voice (Bass) - Schultz, mayor of the village
Voice (Tenor) - Hermann, his son
Voice (Mezzo-Soprano) - Hermann's mother
Voice (Soprano) - Lisbeth, Schultz's ward
Voice (Baritone) - Kauz, a peddler impersonating Hermann
Chorus/Choir - villagers
Autotranslations beta Felix Mendelssohn: Return of the stranger, Op. 89
Felix Mendelssohn: Return of the stranger, Op. 89
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Return of the stranger, Op. 89