It is difficult not to have favourites in life and Cosi is very high on my list. This 1989 production is as near perfect as one can get.
The sound quality is first rate, but the resolution is not as clear as more modern productions, fear not everything else makes up for it.
As act one opens you will realise the the set and the costumes are appropriate.
Claudio Desderi has a rich bass voice, he takes this sort of role in his stride, effortless in both singing and acting. He contrasts with the baritone of Corbelli and the bright tenor of Kundlak. This is a perfect contrast of voices and they also blend beautifully.
When scenes change the current artistes move to the apron, keeping the musical entity flowing, the curtains then withdraw for the next scene.
In the second scene we are introduced to two delightfully costumed ladies. The voices of Zieglers mezzo and Dessis soprano are well chosen and they also blend together to perfection.
In the next scene we are introduced to the pert faced Adelina Scarabelli, she is fully equal to the task vocally and exudes loads of character.
After the staged disappearance of our heroes, only to reappear in disguise, the disguises are actually credible.
One nice little touch after Alfonso and Despina have a sub scene in front of curtain they exit through doors set into the wings.
Without giving too much away Despina returning as a Doctor and later as a Notary has real fun with her part.
Our two heroes also have fun with their death throes.
The quick change from alter ego to their own character is done off stage remarkably quickly, before getting to the happy ending.
There is a comprehensive booklet with act by act synopsis, numbered arias and libretto.
This is far superior to the McVicar version though I see many reviewers love it,
and only one pace ahead of the Glyndebourne/ Fischer offering.