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Damiano Michieletto



Italian director Damiano Michieletto made his Royal Opera debut in 2015, directing Guillaume Tell. He returned later that year to direct Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci. In the 2019/20 Season this is revived, and he also directs a new production of Don Pasquale.

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 La bohème, Falstaff, La Cenerentola and Alcina for Salzburg Festival; Un ballo in maschera and Falstaff for La Scala, Milan; Perocco’s Aquagranda (world premiere), Mozart’s Da Ponte operas, Roméo et Juliette, Die Zauberflöte, Die lustige Witwe and Macbeth for La Fenice, Venice; Rossini’s Otello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Il trittico and Idomeneo for Theater an der Wien; The Rake’s Progress in Leipzig; Così fan tutte in Tokyo; Il barbiere di Siviglia in Geneva; Samson et Dalila and Don Pasquale for Paris Opéra; Cendrillon for Komische Oper Berlin; Il viaggio a Reims and Rigoletto for Dutch National Opera, Amsterdam; Der ferne Klang in Frankfurt; La Damnation de Faust and Die lustige Witwe for Rome Opera; Il viaggio a Reims for the Bolshoi Theatre and Opera Australia; L’elisir d'amore in Valencia, Madrid and Brussels; La donna del lago, La gazza ladra, Sigismondo and La scala di seta for the Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro; Lucia di Lammermoor, Poliuto, Il corsaro and Luisa Miller in Zürich, and Die Entführung aus dem Serail for Teatro di San Carlo, Naples.

As a theatre director Michieletto maintains close ties with the Piccolo Teatro, Milan, where his productions include The Government Inspector, Divinas palabras and Die Dreigroschenoper.

News and features

Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

1 March 2016
Nominations announced for International Opera Awards 2016

Nominees include Kasper Holten, Anna Netrebko and Ermonela Jaho.

Watch: Insights into The Royal Opera’s new production of Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci

25 November 2015
Watch: Insights into The Royal Opera’s new production of <em>Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci</em>

Director Damiano Michieletto and sopranos Eva-Maria Westbroek and Carmen Giannattasio discuss these passionate verismo operas.

Opera Essentials: Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci

20 November 2015
Opera Essentials: <em>Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci</em>

Our quick introduction to this classic pairing of two highly dramatic Italian operas.