Since you are interested in The Early Years, here is a list of other items that you may find interesting.
Songs For You (Incl Ave Maria & How Great Thou Art)
[ Ode Records / CD - released 15/Apr/2003 ]
"I have listened to opera in Rome, Budapest, in Berlin, in London and New York, but I can honestly say that I have never heard a finer technique" - Dr Ford (Sun Aria Contest, Melbourne)
New Zealand Poets in Song
Anna Leese (soprano) Matthew Leese (piano)
[ Ode Records / CD - released 20/Oct/2008 ]
New Zealand Poets In Song is the latest release featuring the music of Anthony Ritchie. The songs on this recording span 26 years, and signify many happy collaborations between Anthony Ritchie and various New Zealand poets.
JOHANN STRAUSS II
Strauss, (J.): Die Fledermaus (compete opera recorded in 1984)
The Royal Opera at Covent Garden / Dame Kiri Te Kanawa / Hermann Prey / Hildegard Heichele / Benjamin Luxon / Placido Domingo
[ Warner Music Vision / NVC Arts DVD / DVD - released 13/Oct/2003 ]
"An Austrian composer of Viennese waltzes; Johann Strauss is known as "the Waltz King." His almost 500 dance pieces are his crowning achievement, while his "Die Fledermaus" is the epitome of operetta." -ALLMUSIC