A North Carolina classical music radio station is not airing six operas broadcast from New York City’s Metropolitan Opera due to objections to their content.
Station general manager Deborah Proctor wrote listeners in August to announce the decision. Proctor said in the letter she objects to one composer’s “non-biblical” interpretation of the birth of Jesus, according to a copy of the letter posted on social media.
“All age groups listen to our stations; we want parents to know that they can leave our station playing for their children because our broadcasts are without mature themes or foul language,” Proctor wrote.
A North Carolina radio station announces that it won’t broadcast any of the @MetOpera’s new works this year (citing “language” and “themes” and in one case “non-biblical sources” for Adam’s’ El Niño) — but Turandot and Butterfly are a-OK pic.twitter.com/evYe1MCNrs
— Ben Miller (@benwritesthings) September 28, 2023
According to NPR, Proctor said she had no second thoughts on the decision.
“If the Met wants to put these out as a ticketed organization with people coming to sit in their venue, for people who choose to be there, that’s one thing,” she said in an interview. “But to broadcast