Octavio Cardenas

Assistant Professor of Ensembles and Director of Baylor Opera
School of Music
One Bear Place #97408
Baylor University
Waco, TX 76798
Phone: (254) 710-3571
Fax: (254) 710-1191
E-Mail: Octavio_Cardenas@baylor.edu

Octavio Cardenas is the Director of the Baylor Opera Program. He received his education from Centenary College in Louisiana (BM), the University of South Carolina (MM), the School of Theater, Film and Television at UCLA (MFA). After serving as an assistant director for Austin Lyric Opera’s Production of The Bat he joined the Minnesota Opera Artists Program. While working at Minnesota Opera he directed Andrew Sinclair’s production of Pearl Fishers. He currently serves as the Head of Directing Staff at Des Moines Metro Opera. His directing credits include Susannah for Loyola Opera Theater, which won the award for “Best College Production 2012" by Gambit magazine in New Orleans, Brundibar and The Giver for Project Opera at the Minnesota Opera, Plump Jack and Impresario for the Butler Opera Center, Silent Night with Fort Worth Opera and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Rappaccini’s Daughter for Des Moines Metro Opera. At Baylor he produces and directs all the opera ensemble performances and teaches Acting for Singers I and II and Audition Techniques. He is currently preparing Die Fledermaus for the Baylor Opera Theater.