Tosca is based on the play, La Tosca, by the French playwright, Victorien Sardou, which Puccini felt was a perfect choice to adapt into an opera. Puccini saw the play a handful of times in Milan and Turin, and began negotiations with Sardou and his agents, but Sardou wanted a French composer to adapt the play. Through some further negotiations with Ricordi (the head of the publishing company), Sardou agreed to give the rights to Puccini. Luigi Illica was chosen as librettist, who originally attempted to dissuade Puccini from the project, stating that it was not suitable for a musical

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