Italian director Damiano Michieletto made his Royal Opera debut in 2015, directing Guillaume Tell. He returns in the 2015/16 Season to direct Cavalleria rusticana/Pagliacci.
Michieletto was born in Venice and studied literature at the Università Ca’ Foscari in Venice and directing at the Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi in Milan. He made his operatic debut in 2003 with Weinberger’s Svanda dudák at the Wexford Festival, named Production of the Year by the Irish Times. He has since directed many productions in Europe, the USA and Asia. His productions include Mozart’s Da Ponte operas, Roméo et Juliette and The Rake’s Progress for La Fenice, Venice, Il trittico for Danish National Opera and Theater an der Wien, Il barbiere di Siviglia in Valencia and Geneva and for Paris Opéra, L’elisir d’amore and La scala di seta in Valencia, Lucia di Lammermoor, Poliuto and Luisa Miller in Zürich, Idomeneo for Theater an der Wien and Falstaff for English Touring Opera.
Michieletto made his Salzburg Festival debut in 2012 with La bohème and has since directed Falstaff and La Cenerentola there. In 2013 he made his La Scala, Milan, debut with Un ballo in maschera. He maintains a strong interest in theatre, productions including The Government Inspector and Divinas Palabras at the Piccolo Teatro, Milan.