Staggering effrontery: Metropolitan Opera shuts down independent blog

Staggering effrontery: Metropolitan Opera shuts down independent blog


norman lebrecht

August 18, 2011

Brad Wilber provides information, or speculation, about artists ho have been engaged by the Met. He has been doing so for 15 years, since the dawn of the blogosphere. Now the Met have ‘persuaded’ him to shut down.

Read all about it in the Los Angeles Times, and in Wilber’s own statement.

Who on earth do these people think they are? Whatever became of the first amendment?

If Brad wants to post on (offshore) slipped disc, he’s welcome to get in touch.




  • Michael P Scott says:

    They HAVE to be Republicans!

  • Dan Johnson says:

    I think you can drop the commas around “persuaded.” Nothing he’s said gives one the idea that any threats were involved whatsoever.

  • Doug says:


    Nothing like the socialist variety of censorship.

    Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot, Mugabe, Castro, Wen Jiabao, Obama, oops!

  • Rosana Martins says:

    I agree with Norman: whatever happened to the First Amendment? The MET should be ashamed of coercing someone to do their bidding. Wilber should come clean and tell all as well!

  • Paul Muller says:

    With his track record of predictions, perhaps he can sell a subscription service to agents…

  • Frank says:

    A sorry chapter in the Met’s recent history. The Constitution is more and more a museum piece.