La farce des deux nues/en

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De cluyte van de twee naakten of de mooie onbekende [The comedy of the two nudes or the unknown beauty]

opera in 4 acts

Opus 59


  • Opera on a libretto by Herman Closson. Anton van de Velde translated the opera into Dutch.[1]
  • Legley worked on his opera from 1959 to September 1963.
  • The beginning of the fourth act was reused by Legley as a jingle for the Belgian radio.[2]
  • The first performance (in Dutch) took place on 10 December 1966 in the Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp.[1][3].


  • cast:
    • Astolphe
    • Baron Gonzague
    • Baroness Ysabeau
    • Estramadon
    • Matchmaker
    • Bellman
    • Soldier 1
    • Soldier 2
    • Soubrette
    • Yolande
    • symphony orchestra[4]
  • duration: 1°17'15"[5]


  • First act
    Legley 59-1.jpg
  • Second act
    Legley 59-2.jpg
  • Third act
    Legley 59-3.jpg
  • Fourth act
    Legley 59-4.jpg


  • autograph: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4031
  • photocopy of the autograph piano reduction: Royal Conservatory Brussels (B-Bc), shelf number BV-03-4122. Several cuts have been indicated, possibly by Legley himself.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tessely, p.121.
  2. On p.358 of the autograph, Legley wrote down: Het begin van deze 4e acte is het indicatief van het IIIe programma [The beginning of this 4th act is the jingle of the IIIrd programme]. More details are to be found at the description of Jingle (3rd programme).
  3. De Roeck (p.400) mentions the first performers:
    • Astolphe: Paul Schotsmans
    • Baron Gonzague: Armand Reynaerts
    • Baroness Ysabeau: Marie-Louise Hendrickx
    • Estramadon: Marcel Vercammen
    • Matchmaker: Rita Lafaut
    • Bellman: Marcel Ost
    • Soldier 1: Lode Le Moine
    • Soldier 2: Robert van Helvert
    • Soubrette: Angèle Geerts
    • Yolande: Erika Pauwels<
    • conductor: Frits Celis
    • director: Anton van de Velde
    • orchestra of the Royal Flemish Opera
  4. 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion and strings.
  5. Thus in the autograph score.