The remarkable singing wives of knife victim Claudio del Monaco

The remarkable singing wives of knife victim Claudio del Monaco


norman lebrecht

December 29, 2011

The opera director, who is fighting for his life after being stabbed in an apparent domestic incident in Italy, is the son of a successful tenor, the brother of an important director and the husband of two opera singers, who may not be remembered best for their singing.

The first, Dragana Jogovic, is renowned for a youtube concert performance of Carmen for which she had not been breath-tested.

Judge for yourselves. It is reported that this epic performance may have cost Claudio his job at Belgrade Opera.

Wife number 2, who is reported to be assisting police with their inquiries into the domestic incident, is a German soprano of immense enthusiasm and variable intonation. In this video, she performs a florid love song for her unfortunate spouse. We wish him a speedy recovery.


  • Doug says:

    This is ripe material for an…….OPERA!

  • Michael P Scott says:

    Is it true, Norman, that Dragana Jogovic is the illegitimate love child of Florence Foster Jenkins and Jonathan Edwards?

  • Mike says:

    OMG! Does this man have a fetish for tone-deaf women??? The first one was at least drunk, but the second one………!!! OUCH! My eardrums are hurting……..

  • Dafydd Llywelyn. Composer in Munich. says:

    Norman, Who is the Tenor singing with Dragana Jogovic ? His voice reminds me of the French Tenor Gilbert Py whom i heard at the Ankara Opera many years ago. An impressive voice,he seems to have saved the day with his rendering.