Rachel Gibson, mezzo soprano, hails from northeast Mississippi and currently lives in Pensacola. Having earned her B.A. in Music from Millsaps College and her M.M. from SMU, Rachel is currently a doctoral candidate at The University of Southern Mississippi. She has performed in Germany and Italy as a member of the International Performing Arts Institute and OperaFestival di Roma. Opera is full of diverse characters, her favorites being Carmen (Carmen), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel), Maddalena (Rigoletto), and Cherubino (Le Nozze di Figaro). She loves the rich lessons these characters teach about the human experience, which are so beautifully wrapped in music.