Unseen photos: Carla Fracci, Maya Plisetskaya and Natalia Bessmertnova


When the Bolshoi Ballet visited Milan in 1970, Italian ballerina Carla Fracci, with Teatro alla Scala’s director Antonio Ghiringhelli, went to the airport to welcome the company. Here she is, with her son Francesco Menegatti, together with Russian ballet stars Maya Plisetskaya and Natalia Bessmertnova, in two previously unpublished photos. Carla Fracci greets Maya Plisetskaya while Antonio Ghiringhelli looks on: Natalia Bessmertnova watches as Maya Plisetskaya holds Carla […]

Opera director Claudio Del Monaco, son of the famous tenor, stabbed by wife


Claudio Del Monaco, the 64 year-old son of tenor Mario del Monaco, was seriously injured last night from stab wounds allegedly inflicted by his wife. Del Monaco, an opera director, and his 35 year-old German wife Daniela Hermann, an opera singer, were on holiday in Jesolo, near Venice. It is assumed that during  a violent quarrel Hermann used a 10 inch (25cm) […]

Cheetah, chimpanzee star of Tarzan films, dies in Florida at 80

A chimpanzee who starred in Tarzan films in the 1930s has died at the age of 80, according to the sanctuary where he lived. The Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor said he died on Saturday of kidney failure. He had acted alongside Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O’Sullivan in Tarzan films from 1932-34. The animal loved fingerpainting […]