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Opera Director Claudio Del Monaco Stabbed
Friday, December 30, 2011 - 12:00 AM
Claudio Del Monaco, the opera director and son of the late Italian tenor Mario Del Monaco, is in critical but stable condition in a Treviso, Italy hospital after he was allegedly stabbed multiple times by his wife on Wednesday.
Del Monaco, 64, and his 35-year-old German wife, the opera singer Daniela Werner Hermann, were on vacation in Jesolo, Italy, when the incident occurred. Del Monaco underwent emergency heart surgery.
Del Monaco told the newspaper Corriere della Sera that Hermann used a 10-inch bread knife to stab him four times in the chest during a heated argument. One blow grazed his heart. The police, after being alerted by neighbors, found Del Monaco face down in his blood-spattered apartment. His wife was found in a nearby piazza in a state of shock. She is said to be receiving psychiatric treatment at the San Dona Hospital.
"Luckily I managed to escape," Del Monaco told the Corriere. "Otherwise I would have been slaughtered.”
Investigators are now trying to piece together the activities of the couple, who had been spending the Christmas holidays in the seaside resort town near Venice. There are reports that the couple had been arguing over financial problems.
Del Monaco and Hermann are based in Belgrade, where he is a former head of opera at the National Theater. His late father, Mario Del Monaco, is widely regarded as one of the greatest dramatic tenors of the 20th century.
Hermann was also said to be suffering from an injury to her chest - also believed to be a stab wound - and had to be hospitalized, La Tribuna reported. In this video she interprets "A love so great," a song Mario Del Monaco recorded in 1975.