"Die Feen" ("The Fairies") was the twenty year old Wagner's first opera, (1833).
First performed in 1888, five years after Wagner's death.
Wagner Completists need at least one recording of it.
It has been recorded four times - all are on CD.
Not yet available on DVD or Blu-Ray.
"Complete" recordings of "Die Feen", in ascending order of completeness:
2 hours, 46 minutes = Wolfgang Sawallisch, Munich Opera, 1983: Feen-Comp Opera
2 hours, 53 minutes = Sebastian Weigle, Frankfurt Opera, 2011: Die Feen
3 hours, 1 minute = Gabor Otvos, Cagliari Opera, 1998: The recording under review. *
3 hours, 20 minutes = Edward Downes, BBC, 1976: Wagner: Complete Operas (Limited Edition)
Since "Die Feen" is such a rarity, I can only recommend a performance that is both complete and comes with a libretto and English translation.
That makes it easy.
Curiously enough, the oldest recording (1976) is the only one to meet these minimum requirements.
Edward Downes with the BBC is, therefore, my first choice for "Die Feen".
Fortunately its a spirited performance in nice stereo sound.
It was released in 2005 as a 3 CD set on the Italian label Ponto (no libretto or translation), in violation of BBC copyright - since withdrawn.
Luckily, DG picked it up for inclusion in their 13 Opera, 43 CD Box: Wagner: Complete Operas (Limited Edition)
The booklet includes a link to the website where librettos and translations can be downloaded (clumsy but unavoidable in a bargain box like this).
DG also licensed the Downes/BBC recording of Wagner's second opera "Das Liebesverbot" for their Big Wagner Box.
The best available performances of Wagner's first three operas, on nine CDs with complete librettos, for only $75 would be a bargain all by itself.
Think of the remaining ten operas as a bonus.
P.S. I have also prepared discographies of Wagner: Das Liebesverbot - and - Wagner: Rienzi
* The original, pricier release of the Otvos recording on the Dynamic label: Wagner - Die Feen included the text and translation.
Still 19 minutes shorter than Downes in the DG box.