Octavio Cardenas, Class of 2000

Octavio Cardenas has recently been appointed director of the Baylor Opera Theater. He received his Bachelor of Music from Centenary College of Louisiana, a Masters in Music from University of South Carolina and a Master of Fine Arts in Theater from The School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA.

After serving as an assistant director for Austin Lyric Opera’s production of The Bat, Octavio Cardenas joined the Minnesota Opera Resident Artist Program in 2008. He served as assistant director for all productions during four seasons and taught acting and movement for the members of their resident artist program. He is on the directing staff at Chautauqua Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.

While working at Minnesota Opera he had the opportunity to direct Andrew Sinclair’s production of Pearl Fishers and the world premiere of the children’s opera The Giver. Other directing credits include Susannah for Loyola Opera Theater, which won the award for “Best College Production 2012” by the Gambit Magazine in New Orleans, Plump Jack and Impresario for the Butler Opera Center, Brundibar for Project Opera at Minnesota Opera, and Elixir of Love for Guadalajara Opera. Upcoming projects include assisting directing the opera Silent Night by Kevin Puts at Fort Worth Opera and Turn of the Screw for Baylor Opera Theater.