I know, you probably think opera's for snooty-patooties, but this will change your mind.
This is what I watch when I am feeling sad, or need a reminder that my heart can beat fast, and life is worth living.
Count Almaviva has been trying his best, for the past 3 hours, to lure the Countess's maid, Susanna, into the sack. So Susanna, the Countess, and Susanna's brand new husband, Figaro, set out to trap the Count. The Countess dresses up in Susanna's clothes and hooks up with Almaviva in the pine grove at night. Almaviva thinks he is romancing Susanna (I know, I know. Willing suspension of disbelief) and mayhem ensues.
At one point the Count pulls a variety of characters out of the garden house, all of whom beg him for forgiveness. To all of them he says, No!
In the end, the Count is shamed into begging the Countess's pardon. Contessa, Perdono. The most beautiful phrase in Western music.
And the Countess replies, I am kinder than you, and I say...yes. There is the tiniest pause before the yes, as if to make him sweat a little. And boy is he sweating. Watch the expression on his face when she reveals herself!
I saw this production of Figaro, with Kathleen Battle, Ruggiero Raimondi, Frederica Von Stade, Thomas Allen and Carol Vaness, at the Met in 1985. It was a life changing experience.
Watch, listen, and let Mozart amaze you.