“Aida” Regal Charm Bracelet
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Aida Regal Charm Bracelet
This colorful charm bracelet is inspired by Verdi’s Aida, set in ancient Egypt. Each one-of-a-kind piece is made of adjustable, coiled wire strung with carefully selected glass beads and pewter tokens reflecting themes and characters in the opera.
Glass hearts symbolize love. A pyramid charm depicts the Eye of Horus, an Egyptian emblem of protection and royal power. The lotus flower is an iconic Egyptian image representing the universe. Deep blue beads are representative of lapis lazuli, much-prized by the Egyptian people, and the figure of the goddess Isis is evocative of Amneris’s final prayer in Aida.
Measuring 2 ½” in diameter, its flexibility provides for an easy, comfortable fit. Included is a card detailing the symbolism of each charm and color used in creating this piece.
A Met Opera Exclusive
- Glass beads, pewter & wire
- 2 ½” diameter
- One size fits most
- Handmade in the USA
This grandest of grand operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida features an epic backdrop for what is in essence an intimate love story set in ancient Egypt packed with magnificent choruses, dramatic arias, complex ensembles and elaborate ballets. The opera is, at its core, a profound exploration of the conflict of private emotion and public duty.
The score of this 4-act opera is a sophisticated example of Italian Romanticism as heard in the “Celeste Aida” right at the beginning of Act I, her impassioned “Ritorna vincitor!” that follows and her great internal journey, “Qui Radamès verrà! O patria mia” in Act III. At the center of Act II, is the great Triumphal Scene, which ranks among opera’s most celebrated moments.
Notable performances include a 1955 production conducted by Tullio Serafin with Maria Callas as Aida and Richard Tucker as Radamès, as well as a 1959 performance conducted by Herbert van Karajan with Renata Tebaldi as Aida and Carlo Bergonzi as Radamès.
Today the work holds a central place in the operatic canon, receiving performances every year around the world.
At the Metropolitan Opera alone, Aida has been performed more than 1,500 times since 1886 and was presented again in the Met’s 2018–19 season.
Aida was commissioned by and first performed at Cairo’s Khedivial Opera House on December 24, 1871.
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