Court rules that musician wrongly suffered hearing loss while rehearsing music for Apocalypse Now attack scene

A British viola player has won an important case against London’s Royal Opera House, after the court sided with his claim that he suffered permanent hearing damage during a performance of Richard Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries”

Chris Goldscheider, 45, is a professional musician who spent 10 years with the Royal Opera House in London. But, he says, he was left with permanent hearing loss in 2012 after rehearsing “Ride of the Valkyries,” part of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, famously used by Francis Ford Coppola during the attack scene in Apocalypse Now.

Goldscheider retired two years later and today says that he has moved his family to the country and “avoids restaurants and other loud places,” according to the Washington Post.

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