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Mary Jo Heath

Music Speaker, Writer, and Announcer

Mary Jo Heath
Opera Quiz
Commencement at Eastman School of Music
Backstage at the Met
Mary Jo Heath and Ira Siff
Erin Morley, Renée Fleming, and Mary Jo Heath
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Mary Jo's Story

Radio host, writer, producer and Emmy Award-winning Mary Jo Heath spent 15 seasons at the Metropolitan Opera
sharing her enthusiasm for “all things opera.” For six seasons she hosted the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, both the Saturday matinees heard by almost eight million people worldwide each week and the evening broadcasts on the Met Opera Radio Channel on SiriusXM.  She was only the fourth “Voice of the Met” in the history of the house since the broadcasts began in 1931.  Prior to that appointment she spent nine seasons as the Met’s Senior Radio Producer, leading the broadcasts from behind the scenes.  In her fifteen seasons, she interviewed all the world’s great opera singers, conductors and composers, and was part of 1,400+ broadcasts, more than any broadcaster in Met history. Mary Jo worked for more than 30 years in many parts of the music industry, from a decade with the Philips Classics record company to radio stations to researching and writing to the internet.  She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from the University of Oklahoma in her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. She left Oklahoma for Rochester, New York where she earned a Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music. She has received Distinguished Alumni Awards from both schools and gave the Commencement Address at Eastman in May 2016.

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Getting into Opera: Let Me Count the Ways

Opera: the Past, the Present, and the Future

Broadcasting Opera to a Wider Audience

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