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.

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Comments [4]

Kenneth Bennett Lane, LaKE Hiawatha,l NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute/Lake Hiawatha, NJ 07034

It is claimed that the major reason for the divorce rate of fifty percent is due to finances.
In Claudio's case the fact that he is 29 years older than Daniela and that finances were impuned strengthens the argument of plausibility for Claudio's version of the incident. I knew Mario del Monaco personally and professionally at Palermo's Teatro Massimo. He was a strongly impassioned performer on stage. Rise Stevens once was quoted as being concerned for her safety in the final scene of Carmen in which Del Monaco essaying the role of Don Jose, stabs to death the Carmen. I never saw Del Monaco as a personality in real life with any of the traits he marvelously exhibited in rages as Otello. Today's world with its anger and its violence and its insecurity financially is the appropriate background for this sad occurence. As a Wagnerian heldentenor and opera composer and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, such an event would appear to be conventional. My website: www.WagnerOpera.com, where one may download 37 selections from LIVE performances from my four Isaac Stern Auditorium Carnegie Hall solo concerts at "Recorded Selections."

Dec. 31 2011 02:34 PM
Anonymous from NJ

And I thought the problem of violence with weapons, namely guns, was a problem unique to the U.S. where there's no meaningful gun control. So if a mad person can't get a gun, a knife will always do. But what's the excuse in Canada where there are more guns than in the U.S. and people don't massacre each other?

Dec. 31 2011 12:51 PM

Ironically, this event would make for another dramatic opera.

Dec. 30 2011 02:31 PM
Bernie from UWS

Oy vey. Sounds like Tosca!

Dec. 30 2011 10:43 AM

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