It is the most epic and successful musical version of Goethe's masterpiece ‘Faust’. Written by French composer Gounod, it is currently being staged in London. With glittering lyrics and melodic tunes, poised to challenge even the most well-seasoned singer. Euronews spoke to bass-baritone Erwin Schrott who plays Mephistopheles. "When I was a child and I started to look at the musical written parts, I said this is impossible to sing. Nobody can sing this and I still believe that, but with the difference that nowadays with a little bit more knowledge. I arrived at this stage of my life singing these parts and having fun." In the Royal Opera House's production, different settings reinforce the performance's musical richness. With a recreation of the Moulin Rouge, war scenes, and dresses inspired by French painter Édouard Manet, there’s no shortage of visual and melodic colour. "The music helps a lot because there is a bit of coloratura, there is a bit of light … [Read more...] about Drama and excess in London with a devilishly good ‘Faust’
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WorldAn American could become World Chess Champion for the first time since Bobby Fischer took the crown in 1972.Fabiano Caruana has drawn against reigning champion Magnus Carlsen from Norway in 11 games so far this tournament.Their 12th—and possibly last—game began at 10.00 a.m. ET (3.00 p.m. GMT) Monday in London. It is being streamed live on Twitch.tv and chess.com.So far, the players are tied on 5.5 points each, with half a point granted for each of their 11 draws.If noone wins today’s game, the pair will embark on a series of increasingly shorter tiebreak games. The eventual winner will take home not just glory, but a cash prize of €1 million ($1,134,600).Players normally start with 100 minutes each on the clock in which to make their moves. But the tie-break games, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, are much shorter, the BBC noted. Four 25-minute games come next, with just 10 seconds added to the clock after every move.If Caruana and Carlsen … [Read more...] about Who Is Fabiano Caruana? Player Looks to Become First American World Chess Champion Since 1972
Continuing on from the first of our new weekly reviews last week, we take look at the hot topics that have had you talking this week. From the discussions around the defence of our individual freedoms to the sovereign rights of nations, we aim to give you a flavour of the opinions here on View that have driven debate across Europe and beyond over the last seven days. While the true origins of the game are still debated, chess has always been a game of tactics, strategy and calculation. It can be an exhilarating sport, as you will know if you have been watching grandmaster Magnus Carlsen take on challenger Fabiano Caruana in London in the World Chess Championship 2018. But chess is more than just a spectator sport, as aficionado Carl Fredik Johansson points out in his op’ed this week. He argues the point that more people – particularly children – should be encouraged to take up the sport because of its ability to increase brain capacity. Modelled as a war game, chess … [Read more...] about The week that was: Navigating Brexit, hate speech and the law is a game of chess ¦ View
Nov 20, 1:37 PM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Sports By Alex Perry 11/20/18 AT 1:06 PM The United States has not produced a world chess champion since 1972. That lengthy, 46-year drought could come to an end in November, though, as a 26-year-old who developed his talents in Brooklyn will try to defeat the game’s top player at the World Chess Championship 2018 in London this month, according to a profile by NBC News.Fabiano Caruana was born in Miami but relocated with his family to Brooklyn at a young age. He now resides in St. Louis, and when he is not competing at chess’s highest level, he is posting for tens of thousands of followers between Twitter and Instagram.Game. pic.twitter.com/wba3odTzGu— Fabiano Caruana (@FabianoCaruana) July 13, 2018When his chess talent became apparent, he started competing, and winning, in tournaments in New York City. At the age of 12, he and his family … [Read more...] about Who Is Fabiano Caruana? 26-Year-Old Could Be First American Chess Champion In 46 Years
The 2018 World Chess Championship between three-time defending champion Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, the first American to compete since the legendary Bobby Fischer in 1972, kicks off in London on Friday. Norwegian master Carlsen, 27, is seeking to cement his reputation as history's greatest chess player, while 26-year-old Caruana is a prodigy helping to return mass appeal to the highbrow game. The pair will face off a maximum of 12 times from Friday until November 26 -- with games scheduled to start at 1500 GMT -- in the bi-annual contest held in a former London art and design school building. Chess has its own unique scoring system that awards the winner of each game one point, while a draw sees the contenders get half a point each. The title goes to the first person to reach 6.5 points, with a rapid series of tiebreakers played in case the two are level after the first 12 games. Carlsen -- a superstar at home in Norway who is also a … [Read more...] about Can Magnus Carlsen remain world chess champion in face-off with American Fabiano Caruana?