Cristina Reid, a freshman at Syracuse University, is spending this semester abroad in Florence. Originally from New Jersey, she hopes to pursue a major in communications.
Opera plays a leading role in the history of Florentine culture. Not only was it was here in Florence, at the beginning of the seventeenth century, that opera was born (see 'Claiming Beauty,' TF 83), but other musical forms and instruments were created here. For generations, classical music in Florence