The Vivant Vault


Welcome to the ‘Burgh Vivant archives. Here you can scroll through years of features and commentary on Pittsburgh arts & culture. Or search by keyword for segments on a particular company, organization, artist, restaurant, event, or performance.

Liz Berlin: Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh performs at Mr. Smalls

This January, two Pittsburgh musical giants collide: Mr. Smalls Theatre and The Mendelssohn Choir! Liz Berlin, Co-Owner of Mr. Smalls (which typically hosts the likes of Snoop Dogg and Pittsburgh’s own cosmic Jazz Chanteuse, Phat Man Dee), chats about the Choir’s upcoming venture into the words and music of legendary folksinger, Bob Dylan. It’s a… Read more »

Pittsburgh Festival Opera honors First Place Winner Meghan Kasanders at 7th Mildred Miller Competition

PITTSBURGH, PA (October 24, 2017) — First Place Winner Meghan Kasanders, 26, led the field of nine finalists at Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Seventh Annual Mildred Miller International Voice Competition with her performances of Dich, teure Halle from Wagner’s Tannhäuser and “Come scoglio” from Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte on Sunday, Oct. 22 at The Frick Art… Read more »

Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Mildred Miller International Voice Competition heats up this weekend

By Dave Zuchowski, ‘Burgh Vivant Pittsburgh Festival Opera announces Semi-Finalists for the Mildred Miller International Voice Competition. Emerging vocal artists between the ages of 18 and 35 who are accomplished but not yet able to sustain themselves in their profession, will compete for cash prizes as well as be given a chance to be cast… Read more »

Pittsburgh Festival Opera opens Handel’s Comic Opera XERXES

by Dave Zuchowski, ‘Burgh Vivant. George Frideric Handel’s opera “Xerxes” defies some of the preconceived notions audiences might have about the great Persian ruler, often billed as the “king of kings.” For one, who would have thought to create a comic opera about so august a historical figure? Most times, persons of Xerxes rank are… Read more »

ANNA SINGER – Vocalist, Pittsburgh Festival Opera

TONIGHT: The delightful Anna Singer pays a visit to ‘Burgh Vivant in the middle of her run as Mrs. Lovett in SWEENY TODD with Pittsburgh Festival Opera – a production that ‘Burgh Vivant’s Mike “Buzz” Buzzelli calls “beautiful and macabre.” Three performances of Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s SWEENY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET remain:… Read more »

CHRISTOPHER HAHN – General Director, Pittsburgh Opera

TONIGHT: the distinguished and charming Christopher Hahn, General Director of Pittsburgh Opera! This evening, he and host Brian Edward share a martini and discuss what an Opera’s General Director actually does, the staying power of opera in Pittsburgh, and the exciting world premiere of Pittsburgh Opera’s THE SUMMER KING, the story of legendary baseball player… Read more »

ALEXANDRA LOUTSION – Soprano, Pittsburgh Opera

TONIGHT: Soprano Alexandra Loutsion chats about approaching the title role in Pittsburgh Opera’s TURANDOT, channeling Maria Callas, and the long lineage of famous Canonsburg vocalists! See Pittsburgh Opera’s production of Puccini’s TURANDOT, directed by Renaud Doucet, conducted by Antony Walker, performing at the Benedum Center March 25, 28, 31, and April 2, 2017. Tickets and… Read more »