It's always a pleasure to receive one of Cindy's delightful bracelets. This one is for my god daughter's last performance at Colorado University Boulder's master program. The IS the Merry Widow and will be so happy to receive this.
In this rousing operetta by Franz Lehár, all the men want to marry the rich and beautiful Hanna, but, she only has eyes for her old love Danilo who broke her heart and vows to never tell her, "I love you!". The Baron frets because the country of Pontevedro will go bankrupt if Hanna marries a Frenchman and the country loses her millions...
Meanwhile, the Baron's wife makes the anguished decision to marry off Camille, the man she loves, to avoid a building temptation. A romantic, comedic drama ensues against the effervescent backdrop of Paris, Hanna's magical garden party and the iconic Maxim's!
Each bead and charm of The Merry Widow Opera Bracelet represents a character or moment from the operetta. 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.
- Elegant widow Hanna is signified by a creamy glass pearl. Her lost love Danilo (hope of the nation or at least of the Baron) is a golden crystal.
- Faceted fire polished beads symbolize vivacious Valencienne (Pink) her husband the Baron (Silver) and her love Camille (Blue). A swirly gold heart bead is the crush that exists between Valencienne and Camille.
- Blue beads in different shades are the men of two countries who all seek Hanna’s hand in marriage along with her fortune.
- A purple bead is the Baron’s hardworking right hand man Njegus. Gold “coins” are Hanna’s fortune and a black disc symbolizes the looming bankruptcy of the country of Pontevedro.
- A crackled heart bead represents Hanna’s young broken heart.. a red heart framed by black beads is Danilos refusal to ever tell Hanna he loves her. A Dark double come bead is Danilo and Hanna’s tandem refusal to dance with each other.
- A flower bead evokes Hanna’s Garden Party. A ghostly bead and charm (nymph) with a large pink milky heart symbolizes her beloved famous aria "the Vilja Song" about a man who falls in love with a magical girl he can never possess.
- A small gold ring represents Hanna and Camille’s sham engagement .. a twisted green oval is Danilo’s resulting jealousy! Red and gold beads with a champagne charm represent Maxim’s – Danilo’s haven.
- A small crystal heart initially represents the potential of Danilo and Hanna’s feelings for each other, a large version of this crystal evokes their waltz “Lippen schweigen”, in which they realize they love each other.
- A red heart and diamond ring charm symbolize Danilo breaking his vow, telling Hanna he loves her and proposing.
Other charms on the Bracelet are:
- A picture of the Eiffel Tower to symbolize Paris
- A champagne bucket (the Baron’s Party)
- Danilo and Hanna Waltzing
- Valencienne’s fan.
The bracelet is well constructed and beautiful. The charms do a good job of telling the story of the opera.
Lovely bracelet. Each bead and charm depicts a character or event in the operetta. A card is included to explain each one. It is pretty and colorful and easy to put on, because it wraps around the wrist. No fighting with clasps. The packaging is lovely as well and the service was very fast. I hope to buy another one for one of next season's operas.