Troubadour knight Manrico loves Leonora. Count Di Luna loves Leonora. Leonora loves only Manrico. But only gypsy Azucena knows that the two men are brothers- Manrico was snatched a birth and raised to exact revenge on his own family. It's all a plot to avenge the wrongful death of an old gypsy, Azucena's mother. Confused? Might I suggest a look at our bead chart to get a better understanding of this opera...
Please visit the "About the Beads" tab and the diagram above to learn more about the beads and charms chosen for the Il Trovatore Opera Bracelet. View the PDF bead chart to see how the beads and charms tell the story of Il Trovatore: click here.
A story chart explaining the symbolism of the beads and charms accompanies every bracelet.
Each bead of the bracelet represents a character or moment from Verdi's Il Trovatore. Please see the spiral chart picture above for more details. Also, a story chart identifying the beads and charms chosen especially for Il Trovatore is included with the bracelet.
• Ferrando, witness to events and teller of “the tale” is a grey cat's eye bead. (Ferrando means grey)
• Di Luna whose name means "of the moon" is a white faceted bead while his lost brother Manrico, described as a knight in black, is a faceted black bead.
• Azucena the gypsy, whose name means Lily, is a red bead with a white flower; a smaller identical bead represents her child.
• A black flower bead symbolizes the old gypsy, Azucena’s mother- wrongly executed – who’s cry for vengeance moves the plot of Il Trovatore. A black disc represents the cry for and culmination of her vengeance.
• Leonora whose name means light is a luminous gold bead.
• Bright red crystals symbolize the fatal fire so crucial to the story’s action; Green double cones are the jealousy between Manrico and Di Luna; an iridescent green twisted bead is the poison that will kill Leonora (spoilers).
• Colorful turquoise millefiore beads and a hammer and goblet charm evoke the gypsy chorus and its words: Lift up your hammers... Fill up the goblets!
• A large blue heart is the love of Leonora for Manrico, echoed by smaller blue hearts symbolizing her faithfulness. A large faceted blue teardrop represents her death.
• Charms included in the bracelet are: a music note symbolizing Manrico as the Troubadour; A sword/dagger charm represents the duel; an angel wing indicates Leonora’s assumption that Manrico has come from heaven to save her at the convent ; a ring charm with a green stone is the poison that will claim Leonora’s life.
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