1. LIFT: The Irish Princess Isolde is of Tristan to Cornwall, put there with his uncle, the weary King brand, to be married. Her faithful servant Brangäne accompanies them. The ship is not far away in Cornwall. Isolde is located in a State of high excitement (degenerate sex! / demerit of the ancestors). You requested to see Tristan (ready to my service / Rathe, it should me nahn.), which refuses however to make its waiting for her. Brangäne, who tried to calm the frenzied Isolde, learns of her mistress the reason for her hatred of Tristan (Erfuhrest you my shame/now hear what created them to me): Tristan has slain who, the fiance of Isolde, when it demanded the due interest of vassal by brand. Freed from its dependence, Cornwall sent back head instead of the Morolds tribute to Ireland. Tristan was however so badly wounded in the fight by Morolds sword, that he had to go Tantris under the name to Ireland, because only heilkundige Isolde could heal him. By a sword fragments in the wound, Isolde realized that the supposed Tantris is the murderer of her fiancé; She raised the sword to kill him, but his gaze caused their love, they prevented (he looked me in the eyes... the sword I dropped it). Isolde was silent, used healthy Tristan and driving heroes, ew you had ' vowed thanks and loyalty. In Cornwall, pressed Tristan his uncle mark, to take Isolde, the wife and joined soon afterwards at Isolde as a matchmaker for brand. Isolde could not refuse for reasons of political calculus. Brangäne trying to explain that Tristan love and gratitude to express it, that he renounce his heritage for her Isolde (hear me! Come! / sit her / / what delusion), fails. Embittered about the shame, instead of secretly beloved Tristan (Ungeminnt / the hehrsten man/always close to me see) to marry a former vassal and aging King, decides Isolde Tristan and themselves with a potion to kill. She tells Brangäne to prepare the death potion. The horrified Brangäne fills the bowl but secretly with a love potion. As Kurwenal, the faithful follower of Tristan, the women report (on! On! Their women), that they should prepare for the imminent arrival in Cornwall called Isolde that Tristan had previously come to her, otherwise she will not be, as long as Morolds Todzwischen had them unpunished, brand before King (Mr Tristan put my greeting). Tristan is able to evade her not a second time and hands her his sword to the Atonement. Isolde but rejects his weapon and asks Tristan to drink her Atonement. Tristan agrees, suspects that the Cup contains the poison, he wants also to make Isolde an end his unhappy love (forgetting dad ' ger potion, you I drink special roll!). After both have been drinking the supposed death potion, they are overwhelmed by the effect of the satirist and confess their love, which hid them so far each other (you me only consciously highest love!). Brangäne, who will announce the arrival of the vessel in Cornwall, is the lover in intimate engrossment, which you can retrieve them only with difficulty.
2. LIFT: While brand with his retinue on hunting is gone, Isolde is waiting the secret AnkunftTristans full of impatience and longing. She urges Brangäne after the hunting horns have faded to clear the torch so that her lover can get to the prearranged sign and could rush to her. Brangäne warns Isolde against Melot, a follower of Ma, who plan their conviction that a cabal against Tristan und Isolde (O hear my warning!). Isolde don't pay attention to Brangäne warning and deletes the torch during Brangäne climbs the battlements to watch for in the night about the lovers. Tristan appears. "Passionate welcome curse the lovers the treacherous, dazzling day and summon the night and thus the death as the area of true love (O sink down, night of love). The longing for death culminates in a great Duet, which ends in utter reverie and Transfiguration. Brangäne Wächterlied (lonely waking in the night.) died away without having the lovers respond to it. Feared as Brangäne trademark Melot, informed surprised the lovers. Kurwenal, who also wanted to warn Tristan and Isolde comes too late. Deeply shaken brand must recognize that Melots accusations were entitled. Stunned, he tried to grasp the prolapsed in a large lawsuit (me this?) This, Tristan, me?), gets but no answer to his question never know why by Tristan betrayal... what will you frägst, / you). Tristan sees only the death as a resort in the Isolde also wants to follow him. He kisses Isolde for the last time