Great Performances mourns the passing of Margaret Juntwait (March 18, 1957 – June 3, 2015), the voice of Great Performances at the Met. She was heard over the funding credits, as well as on various promotional spots for the series. She also appeared on camera during the intermission features of several broadcasts over the years.
But for millions of listeners around the world, Margaret was the voice of the Met radio broadcasts for the past decade.
She was appointed to the post of Met radio announcer in October 2004, and her first Saturday matinee broadcast was a December 11, 2004 performance of Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani. She went on to host a total of 229 live Saturday broadcasts, as well as 898 live broadcasts on the Met’s Sirius XM channel. Her final Sirius broadcast was the new production premiere of Lehár’s The Merry Widow on December 31, 2014.
“Margaret Juntwait was the soul of the Met’s radio broadcasts,” said Met General Manager Peter Gelb. “She will be sorely missed by her loving colleagues here at the Met, as well as the countless opera stars who she so deftly interviewed over the years, and by the millions of devoted fans who listened to her mellifluous hosting of our broadcasts three or four times a week, season after season.”
Our condolences to Margaret’s family and friends.