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Holiday gift guide 2012: Opera & Classical Music

Find the perfect gift for that special someone, from two golden Ring cycles to new music from New York City

 (Photograph: Courtesy Universal Classics)
Photograph: Courtesy Universal Classics

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Sir Georg Solti’s classic account of Wagner’s Ring cycle gets the superdeluxe treatment in this 17-CD/DVD/Blu-ray set, with a facsimile of Solti’s annotated score. Decca, available at amazon.com, $206

 (Photograph: Courtesy Universal Classics)
Photograph: Courtesy Universal Classics

Der Ring des Nibelungen

Though it sparked dissent in the house, Robert Lepage’s Met Ring is ideal for home viewing on eight DVDs or five Blu-ray discs. Deutsche Grammophon, available at amazon.com, $130

 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
Photograph: Jessica Lin

New Amsterdam Records

Treat your loved ones to a disc or three from this hip New York label—and help it recover from devastating hurricane losses. Available at amazon.com, $16–$18

Next year marks composer Richard Wagner's 200th birthday, so it comes as no surprise that stores in New York and on the Web are well-stocked with new versions of his Ring opera cycle just in time to be special gifts. Choose from traditional or new-fangled varieties as you do your holiday shopping, or buy some new music and help out an important NYC record label.

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