Maestro Manuel Ivo Cruz Collection

Maestro Manuel Ivo Cruz donated his musical assets to the Regional Center of Porto of the Portuguese Catholic University in a formal ceremony on June 3, 2009, in the Orchestra Room, Campus Foz.

Over the 50 years of his career as head of Orchestra, Maestro Manuel Ivo Cruz directed most of the works that are part of the repertoire of symphonic music. It is perhaps the Portuguese Maestro who directed the most operas, either in quantity but mainly in diversity. He also directed at the 1st absolute hearing or the 1st modern hearing in Portugal, works by composers such as António Victorino d'Almeida, Cláudio Carneyro, João Domingos Bomtempo, or João Pedro Oliveira.

In addition to his long artistic activity, Maestro Manuel Ivo Cruz cultivated an intense bibliophilia that allowed him to gather the important documentary collection underlying the protocol established between the Maestro and the Regional Center of Porto at the Catholic University of Portugal.

The highlight of the collection goes to the relevant sources of Portuguese Musical Heritage from the end of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, among which are the complete work of the composer Ivo Cruz, or even pieces by Miguel Ângelo Pereira, Ciríaco de Cardoso or João Arroyo among others.

However, the estate contains numerous items, such as orchestral scores, operas, Portuguese chamber music, many of which were directed at first hearing by the conductor himself. The collection is also enriched by several librettos from the 18th and 19th centuries, engravings, records, collections of postcards and stamps, concert programs or countless reference books.

It has been available to the public since May 2014, in conditioned access; if you want to visit - we are very pleased - please send us an e-mail message to, expressing your intention.

The more than 11 200 bibliographic records that make up this collection can be consulted here.