Tristan und Isolde: Synopsis, Character Map

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Tristan und Isolde, Tristan and Isolde: Summary

Isolde does not want to marry King Marke. She poisons Tristan and is prepared to commit suicide. Isolde’s maid of honor notices this and replaces the poison with an aphrodisiac. They drink the aphrodisiac. They fall in love, but a political marriage is inevitable.

Tristan and Isolde become intimate in adultery. Melot finds out about the affair and tells King Marke. Melot draws his sword, and Tristan returns fire.

Severely wounded, Tristan returns to his castle. Isolde arrives by ship. The two meet, but Tristan dies. King Marke arrives to forgive them. Isolde dies of grief.

Tristan und Isolde, Tristan and Isolde: Character Map

Tristan und Isolde, Tristan and Isolde: Character Map
Tristan und Isolde, Tristan and Isolde: Character Map

Tristan und Isolde, Tristan and Isolde: Roles

Tristana Breton noblemantenor
Isoldean Irish princesssoprano
BrangäneIsolde’s maidsoprano
KurwenalTristan’s servantbaritone
MarkeKing of Cornwallbass
Melota courtiertenor
  • Native title: Tristan und Isolde
  • Composers: Richard Wagner
  • Librettist: Richard Wagner
  • Based on: Tristan and Iseult by Gottfried von Strassburg
  • Language: German
  • Premiere: June 10, 1865, Nationaltheater, Munich
  • Running time: 3 hours 50 minutes (Act 1: 80 minutes, Act 2: 75 minutes, Act 3: 75 minutes)
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