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Tristan and Isolda Opera in Three Acts   By: (1813-1883)

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[Transcriber's note: The German text is not included in this eBook.]

GRAND OPERA LIBRETTOS

GERMAN AND ENGLISH TEXT AND MUSIC OF THE LEADING MOTIVES

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

(TRISTAN AND ISOLDA)

BY WAGNER

OLIVER DITSON COMPANY BOSTON

CHAS. H. DITSON & CO New York

LYON & HEALY Chicago

TRISTAN AND ISOLDA

OPERA IN THREE ACTS

BY RICHARD WAGNER

BOSTON OLIVER DITSON COMPANY

CHAS. H. DITSON & CO. NEW YORK

LYON & HEALY CHICAGO

THE STORY OF "TRISTAN AND ISOLDA"

ACT I

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, Brangæna, changes the draft for a love potion, which enflames their passion beyond power of restraint.

ACT II

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 mortally wounded.

ACT III

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.

DRAMATIS PERSONÆ

TRISTAN KING MARK ISOLDA KURVENAL MELOT BRANGÆNA A SHEPHERD A STEERSMAN SAILORS, KNIGHTS, AND ESQUIRES

TRISTAN AND ISOLDA.

ACT I.

[ A pavilion erected on the deck of a ship, richly hung with tapestry, quite closed in at back at first. A narrow hatchway at one side leads below into the cabin .]

SCENE I.

ISOLDA on a couch, her face buried in the cushions. BRANGÆNA holding open a curtain, looks over the side of the vessel .

THE VOICE OF A YOUNG SAILOR ( from above as if at the mast head ).

ISOLDA ( starting up suddenly ). What wight dares insult me?

( She looks round in agitation .)

Brangæna, ho! Say, where sail we?

BRANGÆNA ( at the opening ). Bluish stripes are stretching along the west: swiftly sails the ship to shore; if restful the sea by eve we shall readily set foot on land.

ISOLDA. What land?

BRANGÆNA. Cornwall's verdant strand.

ISOLDA. Never more! To day nor to morrow!

BRANGÆNA. What mean you, mistress? say!

( She lets the curtain fall and hastens to ISOLDA.)

ISOLDA ( with wild gaze ). O fainthearted child, false to thy fathers! Ah, where, mother, hast given thy might that commands the wave and the tempest? O subtle art of sorcery, for mere leech craft followed too long! Awake in me once more, power of will! Arise from thy hiding within my breast! Hark to my bidding, fluttering breezes! Arise and storm in boisterous strife! With furious rage and hurricane's hurdle waken the sea from slumbering calm; rouse up the deep to its devilish deeds! Shew it the prey which gladly I proffer! Let it shatter this too daring ship and enshrine in ocean each shred! And woe to the lives! Their wavering death sighs I leave to ye, winds, as your lot.

BRANGÆNA ( in extreme alarm and concern for ISOLDA). Out, alas! Ah, woe! I've ever dreaded some ill! Isolda! mistress! Heart of mine! What secret dost thou hide? Without a tear thou'st quitted thy father and mother, and scarce a word of farewell to friends thou gavest; leaving home thou stood'st, how cold and still! pale and speechless on the way, food rejecting, reft of sleep, stern and wretched, wild, disturbed; how it pains me so to see thee! Friends no more we seem, being thus estranged... Continue reading book >>




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