Richard Wagner. Tristan and Isolda
Tristan and Isolda Opera in Three Acts
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AND ENGLISH TEXT
AND MUSIC OF THE LEADING MOTIVES
(TRISTAN AND ISOLDA)
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THE STORY OF
'TRISTAN AND ISOLDA'
Tristan, a valiant Cornish knight, is bringing Isolda, princess of
Ireland, over as a bride for his uncle, King Mark. He is himself in
love with her, but owing to a blood feud between them, forces himself
to conceal his passion. Isolda, in anger at his seeming unkindness,
attempts to poison herself and him, but her attendant, Brangaena,
changes the draft for a love potion, which enflames their passion
beyond power of restraint.
Isolda has been wedded to King Mark, but holds stolen interviews with
Tristan, during one of which they are surprised, for Tristan has been
betrayed by a jealous friend, Melot. Touched by King Mark's bitter
reproaches, Tristan provokes Melot to fight and suffers himself to be
Tristan's faithful servant, Kurvenal, has carried his wounded master
to his native home in Brittany, where he is carefully tended. Isolda
has also been sent for, as being skilled above all others in the
healing art. The excitement of her approach only hastens Tristan's
death, and he breathes his last sigh in her arms. Mark has followed
Isolda; he has had matters explained, and is prepared to reunite the
lovers, but it is too late. Isolda utters her lament over the body of
her lover, and her heart breaks: in death alone are they united.
* * * * *
SAILORS, KNIGHTS, AND ESQUIRES
TRISTAN AND ISOLDA.
tapestry, quite closed in at back at first. A narrow hatchway at one
side leads below into the cabin.]
-BRANGAENA holding open a curtain, looks over the side of the
THE VOICE OF A YOUNG SAILOR (
What wight dares insult me?
Say, where sail we?
are stretching along the west:
the ship to shore;
if restful the sea by eve
we shall readily set foot on land.
ISOLDA. What land?
BRANGAENA. Cornwall's verdant strand.
ISOLDA. Never more!