Musician sues Covent Garden over deafness

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A viola player is suing the Royal Opera House claiming it to be responsible for his loss of hearing.


Chris Goldscheider, 46, claims that his hearing was irreparably damaged by brass instruments placed  immediately behind him during performances of Wagner’s Die Walkure in 2012. The opera house denied responsibility.

According to the Musicians’ Union, hearing damage is major problem for orchestra musicians. In the famous “flight” passage in the opera, decibels are said to heave peaked at 137 decibels, in the performance, about the same level as a jet engine.

A musicians since the age of ten and the son of a composer, Goldscheider had played with a number of osymp0hony orchestras before joining the Royal Opera House `Orchestra in 2002. He has been unable to play since.


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