La farce des deux nues/en

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De cluyte van de twee naakten of de mooie onbekende[1]

opera in 4 acts

Opus 59


  • Opera on a libretto by Herman Closson. Anton van de Velde translated the opera into Dutch.[2]
  • 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.[3]
  • The first performance (in Dutch) took place on 10 December 1966 in the Royal Flemish Opera in Antwerp.[2][4]


  • cast:
    • Astolphe
    • Baron Gonzague
    • Baroness Ysabeau
    • Estramadon
    • Matchmaker
    • Bellman
    • Soldier 1
    • Soldier 2
    • Soubrette
    • Yolande
    • symphony orchestra[5]
  • duration: 1°17'15"[6]


  • 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. The comedy of the two nudes or the unknown beauty.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tessely, p.121.
  3. 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).
  4. 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 Flemish Opera.
  5. 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, percussion and strings.
  6. Thus in the autograph score.