The man lost his hearing when Richard Wagner’s “Valkyries Flight” played with the orchestra.
British viola player Chris Goldscheider won in court at the Covent Garden opera house. The man claimed that he had deafened during the rehearsal of Richard Wagner’s Valkyries and demanded compensation for the damage. The court took the side of the musician and admitted that the theater was to blame for problems with the man’s hearing.
Goldsheider played in the theater for 10 years, but in 2012 he lost his hearing after one of the rehearsals of the composition “Valkyrie Flight”, which Francis Ford Coppola used in the film “Apocalypse Now.”
The musician heard a simultaneous sound of a tuba, nine horns, four trombones and four pipes. He was in special gags, but the sound was so loud that they did not help. In addition to deafness, the man complained of nausea, dizziness and headache after the incident.
According to Goldscheider, because of this he retired and had to move out of town. Now the musician avoids restaurants and other high-profile places.
The High Court of London ruled that the Royal Theater was responsible for the injury of Goldscheider, because he could not protect the musician and must compensate him for the damage. The man claimed $ 1.05 million, but the final figure is still calculated.
According to the court’s decision, Goldsheider was subjected to symptoms of ” acoustic shock ” – a condition caused by a sharp loud sound. He for several hours was under the influence of sound at the level of 91 decibels. During the peak sound, the instruments played at the level of 137 decibels – louder than the sound of the takeoff of a jet plane, if you stand almost closely.
As noted by the BBC, the Goldscheider case was the first precedent in the world’s judicial practice when the court found the acoustic shock an excuse for damages compensation.