The Marriage of Figaro is one of my favorite operas and the bracelet captures many of the reasons why I love this particular work. I look forward to wearing it to a performance.
Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro is called by some the best opera in the world. It is a charming sequel to the Barber of Seville, though it premiered 30 years before Rossini’s romantic comedy. Full of beloved songs, it follows the lovable multi-talented Figaro as he prepares for his wedding. Along the way, we meet many unforgettable characters such as the lovelorn Cherubino. Much drama, diversion, disguise and hilarity occur as we not only struggle to get Figaro to the altar but also attempt to reignite the love of the estranged Count and Countess.
Each bead and charm of The Marriage of Figaro Opera Bracelet represents a character or moment from Mozart's 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.
Please note: Where possible the same beads represent the characters on the Barber of Seville Opera Bracelet (I love to be able to give this level of consistency)!
- I picked a bead comprised of many different colors to represent Figaro a man of many skills and talents.
- A iridescent heart bead symbolizes the upcoming wedding.
- The ruler charm evokes Figaro's moments measuring for the marriage bed at the opening of the opera.
- Figaro’s lovely bride Susanna is a rainbow finished clear glass bead. Her worries about the lecherous count are a black bead.
- Figaro’s resulting jealousy is a green heart. His angry aria "Se vuol ballare" is indicated by a guitar charm.
- Marcelina and Bartolo, who (spoilers) end up being Figaro’s parents, are respectively a round pink and blue bead. An ornate bead bead is their plot to break up the wedding.
- Countess Rosina is a rose colored elegant glass pearl, while the Count is a gold iridescent crystal. A blue teardrop is her sadness at the state of her marriage.
- A clear bead with embedded pink roses symbolizes Rosina and Susana’s plan to catch the Count at his own game.
- Charming Cherubino, bursting with love, is a faceted red glass bead. A multi flowered heart bead is his love song for the Countess. A square flat bead of the same material represents his jumping from the window into the flower bed to escape the approaching Count in Act 2. A tiny drum charm represents his fate to march away with the army sung of by Figaro in his aria “Non più andrai”.
- A question mark bead symbolizes the confusion that results when Marcellina claims Figaro must marry her! but the situation is resolved when Figaro reveals his spatula tattoo (spatula charm) indicating he is her and Bartolo’s long lost son! A pair of clear iridescent heart beads symbolize the now double wedding.
- A blue heart is Rosina’s aria “Dove sono” in which she ponders where all her happy moments have gone to. A sunburst millefiore bead represents the hope she still has. This is the same bead which represents Rosina and the Count’s hope to elope in The Barber of Seville Opera Bracelet.
- Rosina and Susanna develop their plan to catch the Count with a love letter (pen and ink charm) and a brooch (gold rose bead). This is the famous letter duet that Andy gets a month in the hole for playing in the Shawshank Redemption...
- Glass leaves and a flower framed by deep blue beads set the scene for Act 4 in the Count's gardens at night.
- The count tries to give Susanna (really his wife in disguise) a ring (diamond ring charm).
- A red bead is the Count's fury when he sees Figaro kissing his wife (really Susanna in disguise). Countess Rosina realizes that this means he still loves her.
- A flowered cloisonné barrel bead signifies Rosina’s forgiveness, rising above all the wild antics around her. Tiny stars symbolize the final celebratory lines of the opera “light the fireworks”.
I received the Marriage of Figaro bracelet and I was expecting quality, but it is even more beautiful in person. The detail of each bead corresponding with the plot in order from the opera is fantastic! The personal touches in the box with a greeting and sweet treats was over the top and just shows your artistic flair and generosity.
I ordered the "Marriage of Figaro" bracelet and absolutely love it. The attention to plot detail, and the colorful beads & unique charms make my bracelet a treasure. Thank you so very much, Cindy, for creating these creative opera adornments!
I had Cindy send it there directly. The package arrived faster than I expected and my friend called me immediately to tell me it had arrived and that she loved it. I call that a win!
Beautiful bracelet. I have received many compliments. Because of the frigid weather, one of the glass beads broke. Cindy sent a replacement in rapid time. I plan to purchase more gradually.