The National Hispanic Cultural Center, Opera Southwest, and San Jose’s Opera Cultura have commissioned an opera based on Rudolfo Anaya’s best-selling novel Bless Me, Ultima. The opera premieres February 18 and will also run February 21, 23, 24 and 25 in the NHCC’s Albuquerque Journal Theatre. Composer Hector Armienta worked with Mr. Anaya on the libretto to create a fully staged opera with an orchestra that is sung in English, with both English and Spanish supertitles. The opera is presented in three acts with one intermission.

Tickets to Bless Me, Ultima the opera are available on the NHCC website here. In addition to the world premiere of this historic piece, you can also celebrate Rudolfo Anaya’s iconic work with a free screening of the film Bless Me, Ultima on January 18 at 7 pm in the Bank of America Theatre. On February 16, the NHCC Art Museum Community Gallery, curated by Augustine Romero, is opening an exhibition that will showcase visual interpretations of Bless Me, Ultima.

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