06 Jun 2006
Don Giovanni — Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Raphaela Papadakis seems to like ‘playing with fire’. After her acclaimed performance as the put-upon maid, Anna, in Independent Opera’s production of Šimon Voseček’s Beidermann and the Arsonists at Sadler’s Wells last year, she is currently rehearsing for the premiere this week of And London Burned, a new opera by Matt Rogers which has been commissioned by Temple Music Foundation to commemorate the 350th anniversary of The Great Fire of London.
In Katie Mitchell's production for Welsh National Opera, the emphasis on the full title - Il Dissoluto Punito, Ossia Il Don Giovanni - ensures that the final outcome is never in doubt. The dissolute Don - smooth talker, brutal rapist and murderer - will be punished in hell. But in this revival by Elaine Kidd, 10 years on from the premiere, Mitchell's parallel emphasis on divine retribution has been all but removed.