One of his first activities with the school puts the “distance learning” portion of his title into action — Hampson will conduct a master class simultaneously at the Manhattan School and Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute via the Internet in October. A day later, Hampson — known for his interest in American music — sings Barber’s Dover Beach in a recital at the Manhattan School.

After a mid-September performances of Simon Boccanegra at the Vienna State Opera and recitals in Paris and Budapest, Hampson spends much of the fall in the U.S. He closes September with four performances of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and Michael Tilson Thomas. The performances will be recorded for release as part of the orchestra’s ongoing Mahler series. Hampson returns to the Bay Area for seven November and December appearances at the San Francisco Opera in the title role of Verdi’s Macbeth.

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