By Burton D. Fisher
An entire consultant to Richard Wagner's The Flying Dutchman which include the tale SYNOPSIS, primary CHARACTERS within the opera, tale NARRATIVE with ONE-BAR track spotlight EXAMPLES, and an ESSAY supplying heritage concerning the opera and its composer, research, and insightful observation.
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The reprise of ‘‘My Ship’’ is earnest, without irony. The ship has indeed brought Liza her own true love. As the curtain slowly descends, they look into each other’s eyes. The ending has taken some in the audience by surprise. The leading lady has not only rejected her live-in lover (played by Bert Lytell, president of Actors’ Equity) and the young dashing movie star (played by Hollywood heartthrob Victor Mature), but has ended up with her advertising manager (played by an unknown actor from Iowa).
Behind them is a fanciful tree festooned with Chinese lanterns. ’’ After each, applause goes up. As the other students begin dancing, Liza approaches Ben to congratulate him. Ben extends an invitation to Liza for dinner. ) Liza asks Ben why he isn’t having dinner with Barbara and learns they are on the outs. Ben and Liza detach themselves from the group and walk to a bench on the opposite side of the stage. ) Liza and Ben chat about his disagreement with Barbara. Evidently seeing Liza in a new light, Ben asks her to accompany him on the boat ride.
As Liza sings, Charley softly joins in. Maggie wryly looks at one, then the other. She sinks into a chair and folds her hands in her lap. The reprise of ‘‘My Ship’’ is earnest, without irony. The ship has indeed brought Liza her own true love. As the curtain slowly descends, they look into each other’s eyes. The ending has taken some in the audience by surprise. The leading lady has not only rejected her live-in lover (played by Bert Lytell, president of Actors’ Equity) and the young dashing movie star (played by Hollywood heartthrob Victor Mature), but has ended up with her advertising manager (played by an unknown actor from Iowa).