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) bread-knife to stab her husband four times in the chest. One blow grazed his heart. The police, after being alerted by neighbours, found Del Monaco face down in the blood-spattered apartment. His wife was discovered in a nearby piazza in a state of shock. The knife was found nearby and Hermann had another knife hidden in the sleeve of her coat. She was also injured with a knife wound near a lung and is now in the local hospital. Her husband was taken to Treviso for emergency surgery.
Although the operation was successful, Del Monaco remains in an extremely critical condition. His wife suffers from depression.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano') about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman's Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia' column for Dancing Times magazine.