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Musik für das Ende

Main Stage


A ritual journey through life, through death, and beyond

DEATH, SEX AND ETERNITY preoccupied legendary Québécois composer Claude Vivier. His was a dangerous and tumultuous life lived beyond the limits, traversing the very edge of human experience in order to uncover and bring back a new sound. Birth, life, death, and then… what? What comes after “the end”?

Margaret Bárdos, mezzo-soprano

Fully staged for the first time ever, Soundstreams’ production of Musik für das Ende features a diverse vocal ensemble, actor, percussion and synthesizers. In it, the audience is transported beyond place and time, where we become completely immersed in Vivier’s world of pure sound and light.

The creative team includes award-winning director Chris Abraham, music director John Hess, playwright Zack Russell, designer Judith Bowden, lighting designer Kim Purtell and sound design by Adam Scime.

 “So shimmering are Vivier’s drones, so sweetly childlike his invented languages and mystical geographies, so energetic his need to communicate his cravings and insecurities, that the effect is one of warmth…” – Zachary Woolfe, Classical Music Editor, The New York Times

The production is in three seamless parts:

Justin Welsh, baritone

Part I: Monologue inspired by Claude Vivier’s letters and diaries

  • Alex Ivanovici, actor
  • Written by Zack Russell

Part II: Do You Believe in the Immortality of the Soul?, Claude Vivier

  • Owen McCausland, tenor
  • Adanya Dunn, soprano
  • chamber choir,
  • synthesizers,
  • percussion

Part III: Musik für das Ende

  • Alex Ivanovici, actor
  • 10 singers

Total duration: 80’ (no intermission)

Alex Ivanovici, actor


Alex Ivanovici,actor
Leah Alfred,soprano
Vania Chan,soprano
Adanya Dunn,soprano
Margaret Bárdos,mezzo-soprano
Aviva Chernick,mezzo-soprano
Robin Dannmezzo-soprano
Owen McCausland,tenor
Bud Roach,tenor
Keith Lam,baritone
Justin Welsh,baritone
John Hess,conductor, synthesizer
Adam Scime,synthesizer
Ryan Scott,percussion

This is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter initiative. With this $35M initiative, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.