Tristan and Isolde

Read by LibriVox Volunteers

The Libretto of Richard Wagner's music drama Tristan and Isolde, translated into English by John P Jackson, is here presented as a spoken drama.

Tristan, a Knight in the service of King Mark of Cornwall, is sent to Ireland to fetch Mark's prospective bride, the Irish Princess Isolde. On the return voyage Tristan and Isolde realise their love for each other and arrange a secret tryst. This is exposed leading to violence, tragedy and separation but eventually uniting them in death. - Summary by Alan Mapstone


Tristan: a Cornish Knight: Greg Giordano

Isolde: a Princess of Ireland: Jenn Broda

King Mark of Cornwall: Algy Pug

Kurvenal: Tristan's servitor: Beeswaxcandle

Brangaene: Isolde's attendant: Agnes Robert Behr

Melot: a Counsellor: Wayne Cook

A Young Sailor: ToddHW

A Shepherd: ToddHW

A Helmsman: Larry Wilson

Narration: Alan Mapstone

Audio Editor: Alan Mapstone
(1 hr 52 min)


Introduction and Dramatis Personae 3:33 Read by Alan Mapstone
Act 1: The Voyage to Cornwall 38:34 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 2: At the Court of King Mark 35:23 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Act 3: At Tristan's Castle in Brittany 34:52 Read by LibriVox Volunteers