"La Fanciulla del West" Minnie’s Gamble Charm Bracelet
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La Fanciulla del West Minnie’s Gamble Charm Bracelet
This delightful charm bracelet is inspired by Minnie’s Gamble in Act 2 of Puccini`s Fanciulla del West.
Each one-of-a-kind piece is made of adjustable, coiled wire strung with carefully selected glass beads, pewter and metal tokens reflecting themes and characters in the opera.
White glass pearls, heart-shaped beads and clear crystals evoke the love duet in the snowstorm. Pale golden beads and crystals symbolize the golden West. Ruby teardrops refer to the drops of blood that give away Dick`s hiding place and the playing card refers to the card game in which Minnie wins Johnson`s life. The sheriff`s star symbolizes Rance, a cowboy boot the bandit and a heart with a hole represents Minnie.
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.
Reminiscent of the Met’s splendid production La Fanciulla del West.
- A Met Opera Exclusive
- Glass beads, pearls, pewter, metal & wire
- 2 ½” diameter
- One size fits most
La Fanciulla del West
Giacomo Puccini’s “American” opera, La Fanciulla del West, made its glamorous and much-publicized world premier in 1910 at the Met with the composer seated in the audience.
This romantic epic of the Wild West takes place in the mountains of California during the Gold Rush between 1849-1850 in a fictional setting, which features a combination of mythic and gritty realistic elements.
Most of the action in this three-act opera centers around the Polka Saloon where miners gather to drink, sing and play cards. It is there that Sherriff Jack Rance confesses his love to the gun-slinging heroine, Minnie— “Minnie, della mia casa” —but she spurns him, determined to win the man she loves, Dick Johnson. She does, but learns later he is the outlaw bandit being hunted. In the end, thanks to the mercy given by the miners, the couple rides away to start a new life together.
La Fanciulla del West was commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera with Met stars Enrico Caruso and Emmy Destinn for whom Puccini created the leading roles of Dick Johnson and Minnie.
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