The Future of Opera on Disc (If It’s to Have One)

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI [NY Times, 16 October 2005]
FOR several months before releasing its new recording of Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde,” EMI Classics, in tones both momentous and ominous, stoked stories in the news media that it could well be the last studio recording of a major opera ever made. At least EMI refrained from affixing a label to that effect on the packaging of this deluxe release.