Damiano Michieletto Director

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Damiano Michieletto was born in Venice and made his international debut at the Wexford Festival in 2003. 

His numerous productions include La gazza ladra at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro, 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). 

Over the recent seasons, he directed Die Zauberflöte, Die lustigue Witwe, Aquagranda (which won the 2017 Abbiati Prize) and Macbeth at La Fenice in Venice, Falstaff and Salomé at Milan’s La Scala, Il Viaggio a Reims in Copenhagen and Moscow (Bolshoi Theatre), Rigoletto in Rome and Venice (La Fenice), Jenůfa at Berlin's Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Kátia Kabanová at the Glyndebourne Festival, Der Rosenkavalier in Vilnius, La Cenerentola at the SemperOper Dresden, and, in 2022, Orpheus and Eurydice at Berlin's Komische Oper, Le Barrufe at La Fenice, Julius Caesar in Egypt at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Mass by Bernstein at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome. In February 2022, he presented « Archèus. Labirinto Mozart », an immersive installation created in occasion of the Venice Biennale.

Theatre also represents an 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. 

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