Italian director Damiano Michieletto made his Royal Opera debut in 2015, directing Guillaume Tell. He returned later that year to direct Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci.
Michieletto was born in Venice. He made his operatic debut at the Wexford Festival with Weinberger’s Svanda dudák, named Production of the Year by the Irish Times. Productions since have included Mozart’s Da Ponte operas, Roméo et Juliette and The Rake’s Progress for La Fenice, Venice, Rossini’s Otello, Il trittico and Idomeneo for Theater an der Wien, Il barbiere di Siviglia in Valencia and Geneva and for Paris Opéra, Samson et Dalila for Paris Opéra, Cendrillon for Komische Oper Berlin, Rigoletto for Dutch National Opera, L’elisir d’amore and La scala di seta in Valencia, La donna del lago, La gazza ladra, Sigismondo and La scala di seta for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Lucia di Lammermoor, Poliuto and Luisa Miller in Zürich, Madama Butterfly for Teatro Regio, Turin, Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Teatro San Carlo, Naples, and Die Zauberflöte in Florence.
Michieletto made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2012 with La bohème and has since directed Falstaff and La Cenerentola for the festival. In 2013 he made his La Scala, Milan, debut with Un ballo in maschera. As a theatre director he maintains close ties with the Piccolo Teatro, Milan, where he his productions include The Government Inspector, Divinas palabras and Die Dreigroschenoper.
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Damiano Michieletto, Martina Belli as Lola and Aleksandrs Antonenko as Turiddu in rehearsal for Cavalleria rusticana, The Royal Opera
Dmitri Platanias as Tonio, Carmen Giannattasio as Nedda, Damiano Michieletto, Aleksandrs Antonenko as Canio and Benjamin Hulett as Beppe in rehearsal for Pagliacci, The Royal Opera