Damiano Michieletto had quickly emerged to the international scene as one of the most interesting representatives of the youngest generation of Italian directors. He followed the direction course at School of Dramatic Arts “Paolo Grassi” in Milan and also graduated in Modern Letters at university of Venice, his home town.
His production of Jaromír Weinberger’s Švanda Dudák at the 2003 Wexford Festival, acclaimed by the critics, wins the Irish Times ESB/Irish Theatre Award.
Among the others, he stages L’italiana in Algeri at Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, La gazza ladra at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, in co- production with Teatro Comunale in Bologna and Fondazione Arena di Verona (it wins the 2008 Franco Abbiati Award), Lucia di Lammermoor, Il Corsaro, Luisa Miller and Poliuto at the Zürich Opernhaus, Roméo et Juliette and the Mozart/Da Ponte trilogy at Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, La scala di seta at the Rossini Opera Festival and at La Scala in Milan, Il barbiere di Siviglia at Grand Théâtre de Genève, Madama Butterfly in Turin, L’elisir d’amore in Valencia, Graz and Madrid, Martinů’s The Greek Passion in Palermo, Così fan tutte at the New National Theatre in Tokyo, Il Trittico at the Theater an der Wien and the Royal Opera in Copenhagen, Un ballo in maschera at La Scala, Idomeneo at Theater an der Wien and The Rake’s Progress at Leipzig Opera and Teatro La Fenice. He makes his Salzburg Festival debut with La Bohème in 2012, returns with Falstaff in 2013 and with La Cenerentola in 2014.
His engagements in the 2014/15 season are: Il viaggio a Reims at Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, Guillaume Tell at Royal Opera House in London and reprises of his versions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra de Paris and Così fan tutte at Liceu in Barcelona.
In recent years he staged: Il viaggio a Reims at Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, Guillaume Tell in London and reprises of his versions of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Opéra de Paris and Così fan tutte at Liceu in Barcelona, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci at Covent Garden, Rossini’s Otello at Theater and der Wien, Cendrillon at Komische Oper and Donna del Lago in Pesaro, the new opera Acquagranda in Venice, Samson et Dalila in Paris, Cavalleria rusticana and Pagliacci in Sydney, Falstaff in Milan, Il viaggio a Reims in Copenaghen and Rome, Die Zauberflöte in Florence, Rigoletto in Amsterdam and Venice, La damnation de Faust in Rome, Valencia and Turin, Midsummer Nigth’s Dream in Wien, Don Pasquale in Paris, Macbeth in Venice, Der Ferne Klang in Frankfurt, Die Lustige Wite in Venice, Rome and Naples, Salome and Intolleranza 1960/Erwartung at La Scala, Der Rosenkavalier in Brussels and Les contes d’Hoffmann in London.
In addition to his sustained operatic activity, Damiano Michieletto is also active in drama productions, equally important in his artistic career. He stages an original and highly acclaimed edition of Goldoni’s Il ventaglio; most recently a caustic and fascinating vision of Gogol’s L’Ispettore generale, with Teatro Stabile del Veneto, on tour in Italy and which lays over at the Piccolo Teatro Grassi in Milan; more recently he staged, for the Piccolo Teatro’s season, Divinas palabras of Ramón María del Valle Inclán . In the current season for Piccolo Teatro in Milano, Damiano Michieletto will stage Die Dreigroschenoper of Bertolt Brecht.