Mlada (Млада in Cyrillic) is an opera-ballet in four acts, composed in 1889-1890 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, to a libretto by Viktor Krylov that was originally written for an aborted project of the same name from 1872.
<To be elaborated; the following paragraph from the Mlada article:> In 1889-1890 Rimsky-Korsakov dusted off the libretto for Mlada and composed his own complete setting of the opera-ballet anew. Its first production was not a success, and it did not become a regular repertory item. The orchestral suite from the Rimsky-Korsakov's opera includes the well-known "Procession of the Nobles" from Act II.
Characters and Setting
Characters in the market scene of the second act:
Setting: The action takes place in the ninth or tenth century in Slavic lands of the Baltic sea-coast, in the city of Retra, near Laba (Elbe).
Act I. Voyslava has killed Mlada, Yaromir's bride, to have him for herself. With the help of Morena, the goddess of the underworld, she has captivated Yaromir. But he sees the murder in his dreams.
Act II. At the midsummer festival the people dance, while the spirit of Mlada interves between Yaromir and Voyslava.
Act III. By night Mlada leads Yaromir up Mount Triglav, where the dead gather, before the Witches' Sabbath in which Yaromir is shown a vision of Cleopatra.
Act IV. Yaromir, at the Temple of Radegast, is shown by the spirits that Voyslava is guilty. She confesses her sin and he kills her. Morena, with whom Voyslava had made a compact, destroys the temple and the city of Retra, but Yaromir is united with Mlada in heaven.