February 8, 2017
Writer: Mackenzie Holbrook
Leon de la Guardia, a Chilean opera tenor, is performing a variety of Spanish and Italian love songs tonight on the BYU-Idaho campus.
In an interview with BYU-Idaho Radio, de la Guardia said he has been involved in music is entire life, because, even though his parents didn't work in music, they always incorporated music into their home.
"I have an older sister and she started to study opera at the Conservatory and I knew at that time that I wanted to do something awesome," de la Guardia said.
De la Guardia began his opera career by studying at the Conservatorio d Musica Isidor Handler in Viña del Mar, Chile. His studies then took him to Spain and throughout Europe to study with different singing masters.
"My voice was very difficult," he said. "It was a very good quality of voice, but with a lot of problems. So, I started a search for a very long time for a professor, a teacher - it's the most difficult thing in our world, to find a good teacher."
De la Guardia said his love for opera has kept him motivated to pursue his career further.
"Everything is about love," "So, when you see every kind of art, it's about love, because it's the most important energy that we have."
De la Guardia's concert will be held tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 in the Barrus Concert Hall in the Eliza R. Snow Center for Performing Arts.
Tickets are $6 for BYU-Idaho students and $12 for the general public. They can be purchased at the BYU-Idaho ticket office on campus or online.
Click below to listen to the full interview.