Covent Garden was left reeling today by a unanimous decision of the Court of Appeal that it had failed to protect a viola player’s hearing during Wagner rehearsals. The opera house was ordered to pay Chris Goldscheider £750,000 in damages for acoustic shock.
The Court of Appeal found that the ROH failed to take reasonable steps to protect Christopher Goldscheider during 2012 rehearsals, or to take further action in regard to dangerous noise levels.
The judgement is a huge blow to the Royal Opera House, both financially and in terms of its rehearsal practices.
The implications for the entire opera sector are considerable.