Within only a short space of time Damiano Michieletto has emerged on the international scene as one of the most interesting representatives of the younger generation of Italian directors. He studied opera and theatre production at the Paolo Grassi School of Dramatic Art in Milan and also graduated in modern literature at the university in Venice, his home town. His critically acclaimed production of Jaromír Weinberger’s Švanda the Bagpiper at the 2003 Wexford Festival won an Irish Times / ESB Theatre Award. His other opera productions include L’italiana in Algeri at the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, La gazza ladra in a co-production for the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro and the opera houses in Bologna and Verona (the production won the 2008 Premio Franco Abbiati), Lucia di Lammermoor, Il corsaro, Luisa Miller and Poliuto in Zurich, Roméo et Juliette and a Mozart/Da Ponte cycle at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Die Entführung aus dem Serail at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples, La scala di seta at the Rossini Opera Festival and at La Scala, Milan, Il barbiere di Siviglia at the 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 the Theater an der Wien and The Rake’s Progress at the Leipzig Opera and the Teatro La Fenice.
He made his Salzburg Festival debut with La bohème in 2012 and returned for Falstaff in 2013 and for La cenerentola in 2014. Engagements in the 2014/15 season included Il viaggio a Reims at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, Guillaume Tell at London’s Royal Opera House and revivals of his productions of Il barbiere di Siviglia and Così fan tutte at the Paris Opéra and the Liceu in Barcelona respectively. Among his 2015/2016 engagements: new productions of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Venice La Fenice, Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci at London ROH Covent Garden (Olivier Award 2016), Rossini’s Otello in Wien, the revival of Puccini’s Trittico, staged at the Rome Opera, the debut at the Komische Oper Berlin with Massenet’s Cendrillon and the return at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro with a new production of La Donna del Lago. In the Fall of 2016 he worked on two new productions: Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila at the Paris Opera and Perocco’s Aquagranda at La Fenice in Venice (Abbiati Award 2017).
In 2017 he directed Falstaff at La Scala in Milan, Viaggio a Reims at the Kongelige Teater in Copenhagen, Die Zauberflöte in Florence, Idomeneo at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and in Pistoia, new productions of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and of Berlioz’s Damnation de Faust for the season opening of the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome (Abbiati Award 2018). During 2018 he debuts at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow with Il viaggio a Reims and he directs four new productions: Lehár’s Die Lustige Witwe in Venice, Britten’s A Midsummer night’s dream at the Theater an der Wien, Donizetti’s Don Pasquale in Paris, Verdi’s Macbeth in Venice (season opening). Among his more recent engagements : new productions of Schreker’s Der Ferne Klang in Frankfurt and Händel’s Alcina at the Salzburg Festival (Pentecost and Summer Festival 2019), revivals of La scala di seta at the Royal Opera House Muscat, Don Pasquale in Paris and London, Die Lustige Witwe in Rome, Il viaggio a Reims in Melbourne and Sidney, Luisa Miller and Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci in Barcelona. In addition to that, new productions of Rigoletto at the Circo Massimo in Rome and Berlioz’s Béatrice et Bénédict at the Opéra de Lyon (recorded without public, that will be broadcasted on the French television). Among his 2021 appointments: new productions of two Janáček’s operas, Jenůfa for the debut at the Staatsoper Berlin and Kát’a Kabanová at the Glyndebourne Festival, of two Strauss’s operas, Salome at La Scala (broadcasted on Rai5) and Der Rosenkavalier in Vilnius, a film on Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Genoma Films, Rigoletto at La Fenice in Venice and La Cenerentola at the Semperoper Dresden.