Study and career have brought Francesca Zardini, originally from Turin, to some of Europe's biggest and most dynamic cities. With a degree in classical studies and an M.Phil in ancient Greek literature and archaeology, Zardini has worked in an array of fields, from financial analysis to project management. In London she was managing director of a financial firm and in Milan a journalist covering the performing arts. She recently moved to Florence to become the head of media at the Teatro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino (www.maggiofiorentino.com). While interning with Zardini at the Maggio, Patrick McGuire from Fairfield University had a chance to talk with her about the illustrious past and promising future of one of Florence's most prestigious theatres.