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Joyce DiDonato is a self-proclaimed "yankee diva." ©Josef Fischnaller

Joyce DiDonato Barbican Hall, 25th September

Music by the composers Giovanni Pacini, Michele Carafa and Saverio Mercadante might not sound enticing, but when these little-known bel canto rarities are sung by Joyce DiDonato—darling of the Metropolitan Opera, self-proclaimed “Yankee Diva,” and arguably the finest mezzo-soprano in the world right now—that all changes.

This is DiDonato’s year in London, as she follows up her extraordinary performance as Maria Stuarda at the Royal Opera…

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