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Latinx Artists Here and Now: Octavio Cardenas bio

June 17, 2020

Octavio Cardenas

Stage director Octavio Cardenas captivates audiences with his visionary, visceral, and physical style of directing. Born in the city of #Guadalajara#Mexico, Opera News has praised him for “an immersive theater experience” while the Dallas Morning News hailed him for bringing “every character and situation to life.” Recent projects include the world premier of Frida and the Bravest Girl in the World by Joe Illick and Mark Campbell for Fort Worth Opera, Madame Butterfly for Opera Santa Barbara and La Boheme for Des Moines Metro Opera.

As the former Director of Opera for Baylor University, Mr. Cardenas directed productions of L’elisir d’amore, The Turn of the Screw, Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Rita. He is the former Head of the Directing Staff at Des Moines Metro Opera, in addition to having been on the directing staff at Chautauqua Opera.

Mr. Cardenas received his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre from UCLA, a Master of Music from the University of South Carolina, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Centenary College of Louisiana.