Get to know KMFA's weekend Matinee host.
Guillermo Delgado is a Texas native, tenor, and music teacher. As a tenor, he has sung lead roles in operas such as Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Mozart’s Così fan tutte and The Magic Flute, Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, and Alexander Dargomhzkys’ Rusalka. After teaching voice in the greater Houston area for a year, he moved to Austin to teach elementary music in Cedar Park. He is on-air every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
We asked Guillermo to answer a few questions so you can find out more about him:
What is your background in classical music?
I am a lyric tenor from Brownsville, Texas. I have a Bachelor’s of Music performance from Stephen F. Austin State University, and a Master's from the University of Oklahoma. Boomer Sooner! When I started studying music I was interested in composition and conducting, but fell in love with opera and the voice while taking lessons at Stephen F. Austin. I've sung many lead roles in and out of the University setting. My favorite is Vladimir Lensky in Eugene Onegin, which I have performed both in English and Russian.
How is the classical music scene in Austin different from other cities where you’ve worked, lived, and performed?
I love the Austin area because everyone is always looking for a tenor. In my first few months in Austin, I got to be the tenor soloist with the Temple Symphony at their Christmas concert. I've mostly lived in college towns, where the music networks are already built into the university, so being in Austin and creating a network of my own is very exciting!
What do you like to spend your time doing outside of KMFA?
I love teaching music in many capacities. I teach music at Harmony Science Academy in Cedar Park, and I teach private lessons on occasion. I love to spend time with my partner Reagan and our dog Moonshine. I also practice my singing to keep my voice in shape, and I play electric guitar as well. I spend way too much time looking for used guitars and guitar accessories!
If you could have dinner with one composer, living or deceased, who would you choose and why?
I would have dinner with Leonard Bernstein, who I believe is one of the greatest musicians and music educators of all time!