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“Michael Christie‘s study guide version of all of this just gets to the heart of the matter … The panels are a welcome informational element and give some needed visual dimension to the proceedings.”
~S. Fairbank, blog - review of Lyric Opera of Kansas City performance, May 2024

An immersive 2 hour and 15 minute musical journey through Wagner’s four “Ring Cycle” operas

  • Judiciously reduced instrumentation by creator Michael Christie retains power while making these typically out of reach scores accessible for a triple wind orchestra.

  • Focused vocal casting maintains the narrative with fewer vocalists, so audiences experience the Ring’s significant landmarks.

  • Beautiful video animations of Arthur Rackham’s iconic artwork by Projection Designer David Murakami highlight Wagner's world.

  • Well-suited for opera companies interested in presenting the core of the Ring to its audiences and for symphony orchestras seeking a musically and visually enhanced concert experience. The production can be customized to fit your specific needs. 

“Conductor and Music Director Michael Christie‘s arrangement conception was to create a ‘Ring’s Greatest Hits’ with music that flows seamlessly between sections and integrates enough plot elements to let an audience follow along. Focusing on the parts of The Ring that have endured in the imagination of music lovers was to do it in the only way that really makes sense, and Christie’s condensed score does a fine job of presenting the larger work in a version that you can get through easily in one evening.”

Das Rheingold (The Rhinegold)

Die Walküre (The Valkyrie)


Götterdämmerung (Twilight of the Gods)

For more information on presenting Journey to Valhalla at your organization, email

Photos by Andy Schwartz for Lyric Opera of Kansas City
Video courtesy of Lyric Opera of Kansas City

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