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...
Each bead and charm of the Il Trovatore Opera Bracelet represents a character or moment from the work. Some of the most important beads and charms are described below and you can see all of the symbolic descriptions on the spiral chart photo above or to the left. Also, a story chart explaining the symbolism of the beads and charms accompanies every bracelet. Click here to see the chart.
- 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 Azucena’s 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.