Leśny Dziad (The Forest Geezer)
Leśny Dziad (The Forest Geezer) - bass-baritone
Kruk Ptak (Crow the Bird) - cracking tenor
Some Maiden - soprano
Her Lover - tenor
Chorus of forest's spirits, flowers, birds
Time of action: more or less ancient times
Location: haunted forest
The choir of spirits, flowers and birds announce that the sunset is coming and soon The Forest Geezer shall appear among his courtiers. On one of branches, Crow the Bird taunts them and claim that he will spoil their night fest. The Forest Geezer appears and the ballet begins, but it's soon interrupted by off-stage cries of soprano. Soon she appears on stage singing that she is lost in the forest. So far hidden creatures of the night burst out from their hiding places and force poor, frightened maiden to dance with them until the sun rises. The wild dancing procession slowly comes off the stage, leaving the Crow the Bird alone (though he was dancing too, mind you). Maiden's lover appears on stage and in Norma-rip-off scene he first express his anguish for his lost lover, then hear off-stage singing of the spirits and finally sings heroic cabaletta expressing his readiness to face all horror to save the maiden. Crow the Bird attempts to talk with him, but suddenly The Forest Geezer appears in disguise. He is dressed for wood nymph, but being massive and bearded geezer he looks terrible. The lover asks him if he have seen the maiden but Geezer refuses to help him until he will pay tribute to his "beauty and grace". The lover agrees, and kneeling praises the Geezer-nymph. In the meantime, Crow the Bird brings the maiden to hear this scene and make her belive that she has been betrayed.
I don't know what will happen then, yet.
And this is how The Forest Geezer looks like: