Teutons, French get in tune to film ‘Tosca’

Benoit Jacqout to helm Rome shoot; Georghiu, Alagna, Raimondi to star

PARIS — A Franco-German film version of “Tosca” will begin shooting later this year in Rome and at studios in Cologne, under the direction of French helmer Benoit Jacquot.

The $7 million film is being co-produced by Daniel Toscan du Plantier, and Alfred Huermer.

Backers are set to include, on the French side, France 3, Canal Plus and France Television Distribution. In Germany, it’s Kinowelt, the region of Westphalia and the Cologne Studios.

International sales will be handled by France’s President Films.

Toscan du Plantier has previously adapted several operas for the big screen including “Don Giovanni” (1979), “Carmen” (1984) and “Madam Butterfly” (1995).

“Tosca” will star Angela Georghiu, Roberto Alagna and Ruggero Raimondi, with the Covent Garden orchestra directed by Anthony Papano.

The Puccini score will be recorded at EMI’s Bayreuth studios in August, while shooting gets under way in October or November, executive producer Jean Pierre Saire said Tuesday.

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