I love opera. Some of my friends think that’s an elite taste, but I demur. Opera is the whole entertainment package–drama, spectacle, plot, costumes, emotion, acting, dance. Music above all, and when the composer is Mozart, the music is incomparable.
If you’re not sure you like opera, watch this. This is the last scene of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” It’s a spiritually rich moment. The count has behaved badly. Here he asks his wife’s forgiveness, she grants it, and the story ends with the lyrical chorus “tutti contenti”– “all will now be happy.” From repentance and forgiveness comes joy. Here’s what the words mean:
Countess, pardon me!
I am gentler,
and I grant it you.
Ah, all will now
Click here to watch the video on YouTube.