(born 1957) is an American radio
broadcaster who is the voice of the Metropolitan Opera
's Saturday afternoon broadcasts. She debuted in this position on December 11
, replacing Peter Allen
upon his retirement after twenty-nine years.
Life and career
Raised in Ridgewood
and Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
, Juntwait attended Northern Highlands Regional High School
, where she first developed an interest in choral music. Later she studied to be an opera singer — she was a lyric soprano
— and received a degree in voice
from the Manhattan School of Music
in 1980. After marrying she resigned from pursuing an operatic career for the sake of raising her three children. In 1991, she began her career as a classical music radio announcer at WNYC
-FM radio in New York City
Juntwait began at the Metropolitan Opera in 2000 as the back-up announcer for veteran radio host Peter Allen, who retired in May 2004. With the 2004-2005 broadcast season she took to the air on her own, introducing a performance of Verdi's I Vespri Sicilani. She became only the fourth person ever to announce the broadcasts in their seventy-three year history, following Milton Cross, Allen, and Lloyd Moss (who substituted just twice).
On September 20, 2006, the Met announced that Juntwait would become a full-time Met employee, having been appointed as announcer of all programs on Sirius Satellite Radio's new Metropolitan Opera Radio channel. On Sirius, Juntwait hosts three or four live broadcasts a week during the opera season and records introductions for the hundreds of archive performances aired on the channel.
- Juntwait is also an actress and has performed in radio theater plays, produced by NPR veteran Joe Bevilacqua, including The Whithering of Willoughby and the Professor. In episode 16, Juntwait essays three roles in a parody of the cult British 60s show: The Prisoner. In episode 17, Juntwait portrays Willoughby's mother, a mermaid and god. The plays are airing on THE COMEDY-O-RAMA HOUR, heard five times per week on XM's Satellite Radio's Sonic Theater Channel 163.