Performed by THE COVENT GARDEN OPERA
THE love-potion which Tristan and Isolde drank together in the first Act still holds the lovers in its power. Isolda, now the wife of King Mark, waits in the dark of the castle garden for Tristan to come to her while the King is at the hunt. The warnings of Brangane, Isolda's woman, to beware of a plot to betray her are ignored and Tristan is signalled to approach. The impassioned love scene which follows is at last interrupted by Kurwenal, Tristan's henchman, bidding Tristan fly. It is too late. The hunting party enters headed by the King, who is thus witness of Tristan's treachery and Isolda's guilt. He bitterly reproaches Tristan, on whom Melot, his faitJiless friend and betrayer, draws his sword. Tristan is severely wounded and falls as though dying into Isolda's arms.
- (Scottish Regional Programme)
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