Damiano Michieletto was born in Venice and made his international debut at the Wexford Festival in 2003. In the years which followed, he quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most compelling directors of the young Italian generation. His numerous productions include La gazza ladra at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro (2008 Franco Abbiati Prize), Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Corsaro, Luisa Miller and Poliuto in Zurich, Romeo and Juliet and a Mozart / Da Ponte cycle at La Fenice in Venice, Die Entführung aus dem Serail in Naples, La Scala di seta at the Pesaro Festival and Milan’s La Scala, Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Grand Théâtre in Geneva, Madame Butterfly in Turin, L’elisir d’amore in Valencia, Graz and Madrid, Martinů’s The Greek Passion in Palermo, Così fan tutte in Tokyo, Il trittico at the Theater an der Wien and the Royal Danish Opera in Copenhagen, Un ballo in maschera at Milan’s La Scala, Idomeneo at the Theater an der Wien, and The Rake’s Progress in Leipzig and Venice. In 2012, he made his Salzburg Festival debut with La Bohème. He was invited back there the following year to direct Falstaff and again in 2014 for La Cenerentola. During the 2014 / 2015 season, he directed his first productions for the Paris Opera (Il Barbiere di Siviglia), the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam (Il Viaggio a Reims), the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, (Così fan tutte) and the Royal Opera House in London (Guillaume Tell). In the seasons that followed, he directed Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in London (Olivier Award 2016), Rossini’s Otello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theater an der Wien, Cinderella at the Komische Oper in Berlin, La Donna del lago in Pesaro, Samson et Dalila and Don Pasquale at the Paris Opera, Die Zauberflöte, Die lustigue Witwe, Macbeth and the world premiere production of Filippo Perocco’s Aquagranda (which won the 2017 Abbiati Prize) at La Fenice in Venice, Falstaff and Salomé at Milan’s La Scala, Il Viaggio a Reims in Copenhagen and Moscow (Bolshoi Theatre), La Damnation de Faust (which won the 2018 Abbiati Prize) and Rigoletto in Rome, Der ferne Klange in Frankfurt, and Alcina at the Salzburg Festival. Theatre also represents another important aspect of his artistic career. As such, he has directed numerous plays, including Goldoni’s The Fan and Gogol’s The Government Inspector at the Teatro Stabile del Veneto in Venice, and Ramón Maria del Valle-Inclán’s Divinas palabras and Bertolt Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera at the Piccolo Teatro in Milan.