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  • Julian Budden

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Melodramma in three acts by giacomo Puccini to a libretto by giuseppe Giacosa and luigi Illica after victorien Sardou ’s play La Tosca; Rome, Teatro Costanzi, 14 January 1900.

In May 1889, less than a month after the première of Edgar, Puccini wrote to the publisher Ricordi begging him to obtain Sardou’s permission to set his play, ‘since in this ...

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