Passion, jealousy, love, politics, religion, pure evil, torture, indecent proposals, betrayal, tragic sacrifice, stabbing, murder, suicide. THIS is Puccini’s Tosca, the tale of a talented singer pushed by the forces around her into an impossible position from which she lashes out with lethal results.
Full of historical detail, Tosca’s situations and emotions could as easily be pulled from a current newspaper. Laced with stunningly beautiful arias and heart piercing duets, the romance of this passionate love story and its tragic conclusion will be something you want to remember forever.
Please visit the "About the Beads" tab and the diagram above to learn more about the beads and charms chosen for the Tosca Opera Bracelet. To see the bead chart, click here.
Each bead of the bracelet represents a character or moment from Puccini's Tosca. Please see the spiral chart picture above for more details. Also, a story chart identifying the beads and charms chosen especially for Tosca is included.
• A passionate red bead with a white flower represents Tosca (drawn from her first name-Floria meaning flowered). A blue bead encasing a white flower represents Mario because Tosca is always in his heart.
• A black bead symbolizes the evil Scarpia, it is faceted because he is always working every angle. A black disc and black heart indicate his twin desires to see Mario dead and Tosca in his arms.
• A green heart represents Tosca’s jealousy: tiny cat’s eye beads whimsically evoke her demand that Mario change his painted Mary Magdalene’s eyes from blue to black.
• Special touches include: Millefiore and embossed cross beads give an Italian feel; a heart shaped bead with similar floral accent to the Mario and Tosca beads indicates their hope for love together; and finally, a crackled red bead symbolizes the result of her famous and final leap.
• Charms on the bracelet include: The knife and candles from the dinner table; Mario’s lunch basket; the well in which Angelotti will hide; a hand to evoke the aria “O dolci mani”; and a cross symbolizes Tosca’s final promise to meet Scarpia before God.
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