Watch: Music director also sings counter-tenor

Watch: Music director also sings counter-tenor


norman lebrecht

December 20, 2020

The fast-rising Mexican musician Iván López Reynoso, 30, has been named music director of the Orchestra of Teatro Bellas Artes, one of Latin America’s leading opera houses.

A protégé of Eduardo Mata, Lopez Reynos made his house debut eight years ago.

Aside from conducting, he also sings counter-tenor.

Extremely well.

Beat that.


  • Rogerio says:

    He sings extremely well AND he is a protégé.
    And, as smart as he looks, I am sure he is or will be soon pursuing a career as a protecteur.
    Good luck to him! It is what we need: more protegés and protecteurs – voilá.

  • Confused says:

    Protégé? López Reynoso was five years old when Eduardo Mata tragically died.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      He must have been a wunderkind, ilui, or whatever the Mexican equivalent might be.

    • Rogerio says:

      From his Bio:
      “Iván López Reynoso shares the privilege of being the youngest conductor to appear at the Teatro Bellas Artes in Mexico City with maestro Eduardo Mata.”
      So he became a conductor at, what?, 4 years old?

      • V. Lind says:

        This whole page is a mess. Lopez Reynoso was NOT a protégé of Mata. They both appeared at TBA at a young age, possibly the same age. Lopez’s bio on his website is oddly in English only and is misleading. It has misled.

    • Marfisa says:

      I think the answer may be that Eduardo Mata was the youngest person to conduct at the Bellas Artes, in 1976 when he would have been 34, and that is the privilege that López Reynoso, at the age of 30, is sharing with Mata (i.e. Rogerio has misunderstood the sentence in the biography). I do not know where protégé comes from, except that Mata was a towering influence generally in Mexico.

  • zvi says:

    He sings very well but the orchestra is dreadful. But why he faces them and not the camera? The Stabat Mater doesn’t need conducting except a nod here and there.

    • BruceB says:

      He is facing a camera. Since there is no audience, he doesn’t have to face the audience. What’s the problem?

    • Marfisa says:

      I’m only guessing, but it may be that he lives in this Aguascalientes/Guanajuato area of Central Mexico, Covid-19 has restricted his travel, and this orchestra is the only one in that region. It may not be a top-notch orchestra, and that may be why he needs to conduct it, but the performance, under Covid-19 conditions, is pleasing, in my opinion, and much better than nothing.

      • Carlos Aransay says:

        In 2020 Maestro López Reynoso has travelled to Spain to conduct performances of Puritani and Cosi fan tutte in Oviedo and Sevilla respectively. You may not like the orchestra but if you want to make a country’s orchestras better you get involved and you work with them. And that is what Maestro ILR does: he works hard to make music better in his country. And he is in demand in other countries too. Good for him!

    • Carlos Aransay says:

      Because the hall is empty and he is making music with the orchestra. Obvious.

  • FrauGeigerin says:

    Protégé. What a terrible word.