Mary Jo Heath to be next Metropolitan Opera radio host

Posted on: August 14, 2015

“The Metropolitan Opera on Thursday named Mary Jo Heath as its next radio host, an internal promotion that takes a behind-the-scenes producer to the forefront of the longest-running classical music radio series in the United States,” writes Brian Wise on Thursday (8/13) at New York classical radio station WQXR. “Heath succeeds Margaret Juntwait, who died in June after a long battle with cancer. Heath has been a senior radio producer at the Met for the past nine years, producing nearly 1,000 broadcasts, according to the company. But she is not an unknown on-air voice: she anchored the majority of last season’s broadcasts when Juntwait was too ill to host. She has also served as a backstage correspondent, conducting Q&A’s with artists and voicing features on repertoire and Met history. Along with the 22 annual Saturday matinees … Heath will also anchor those on Sirius XM satellite radio…. Heath will be only the fourth host in the series’ history, following Juntwait, Peter Allen and Milton Cross.”

Posted August 14, 2015