Damiano Michieletto Regisseur Damiano Michieletto, currently one of the world's most successful and productive opera directors, made his hugely successful debut at Oper Frankfurt last season with Schreker's Der ferne Klang / The Distant Sound and now his production of Rossini's Otello can be seen. Engagements have taken him to the Teatro La Fenice in Venice many times (for Die Zauberflöte, The Merry Widow, Macbeth) and other important theatres in Italy including La Scala Milan (Un ballo in maschera). He was born in Venice and has worked at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London (Rossini's Guillaume Tell), the Opéra national de Paris (Don Pasquale, Samson et Dalila), Zurich Opera (Luisa Miller, Lucia di Lammermoor), the Theater an der Wien (Il trittico, Idomeneo, A Midsummer Nightʼs Dream), Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels (L’elisir d’amore), the Nationale Opera Amsterdam (Rigoletto, Il viaggio a Reims), the Komische Oper Berlin (Cendrillon) and Salzburg Festival (La Bohème, Falstaff, La Cenerentola). He has also worked at other theatres including the Bolschoi in Moscow, Opera Australia and the New National Theatre in Tokyo. His production of Cavalleria rusticana / Pagliacci at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London won the 2016 Laurence Olivier Award and he received the 2017 and 2018 Abbiati awards for Perocco's Aquagranda in Venice and La damnation de Faust at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome. He directed a new production of Handel's Alcina for Salzburg's 2019 Pfingst (Whitsun) Festival.