Don Giovanni ó Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Purves_Christopher.jpgRian Evans [Guardian, 6 June 2006]
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.