Of the things I have reviewed this year, these are the best of what's still available:
For the devoted opera lover:
This is the hot new singer Anna Netrebko's best CD.
Equally hot is Rolando Villazon's French aria CD.
For the devoted old-fashioned opera lover, Caballe's DVD bio is fabulous.
No one's record collection should be without this La Boheme with Beecham and company.
For the newcomer to opera Domingo is always recommended, as in this well-produced Tales of Hoffmann DVD.
For those ready to branch out:
Of course. Don't miss this. Give Bartoli's Opera Proibita CD to everyone if you want.
I loved this DVD film of Ruslan and Lyudmila. Anna Netrebko is in this, too.
This is for those who are ready for true adventure: L'amour de loin.