Damiano Michieletto was born in Venice and made his international debut at the Wexford Festival in 2003. In the years which followed, he rapidly gained a reputation for being one of the most compelling directors of the young Italian generation. His numerous productions include L’Italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Olimpico de Vicenza, La gazza ladra at the Rossini Festival in Pesaro (2008 Franco Abbiati Prize), Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Corsaro, Luisa Miller and Poliuto at the Zurich Opera, Romeo and Juliet and a Mozart / Da Ponte cycle at La Fenice in Venice, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Teatro San Carlo 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, Madama Butterfly at the Teatro Regio 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) and the Royal Opera House in London (Guillaume Tell). In the seasons which followed, he directed Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in London (Olivier Award 2016), Rossini’s Otello at the Theater an der Wien, Cinderella at the Komische Oper in Berlin, La Donna del lago in Pesaro, Samson et Dalila at the Paris Opera, the world premiere production of Filippo Perocco’s Aquagranda and Die lustigue Witwe at La Fenice in Venice, Rigoletto and Il Viaggio a Reims in Amsterdam, Die Zauberflöte in Florence and Venice, La Damnation de Faust in Rome (2018 Abbiati Prize), A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Theater an der Wien, La Donna del lago at the Royal Opera of Wallonia, Macbeth at La Fenice in Venice, and Der ferne Klange in Frankfurt. Theatre represents another important aspect of his artistic career and 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.
Die lustigue Witwe at the Rome Opera, Alcina at the Salzburg Festival, and Luisa Miller at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.