Bless Me Ultima

A Workshop Presentation

June 17, 2017

510 South First Street
San Jose, CA 95113

$15.00 - General Admission


Based on Rudolfo Anaya’s epic Mexican-American novel Bless Me Ultima, Opera Cultura will present excerpts of a new opera written by composer/librettist Héctor Armienta. After the performance, there will be a discussion with Armienta and cast about the work. Special guest artist is internationally renowned mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, who will sing the role of Ultima.

Seating is limited (100 seats) so make reservations right away.You won't want to miss this event!

The entire presentation will last approximately one hour (including the discussion).

The opera will have its world premiere in Albuquerque New Mexico in 2018. Opera Cultura will present the west coast premiere later that year.


The reading is funded in part by the Knight Foundation, the Castellano Family Foundation, Silicon Valley Creates and Friends of Opera Cultura.


Antonio Marez is a young boy when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. She is a curandera, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will probe the family ties that bind and rend him, and he will discover himself in the magical secrets of the pagan past-a mythic legacy as palpable as the Catholicism of Latin America. And at each life turn there is Ultima, who delivered Tony into the world...and will nurture the birth of his soul.

The novel was published in 1972, is considered one of the best in Mexican-American literature and is one of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Reads. In 2013, the novel was made into a movie.