Bless Me, Ultima
A new Mexican-American Opera
by Héctor Armienta
Based upon the 1972 novel by Rudolfo Anaya.
April 20-22nd. 3 PERFORMANCES at The Mexican Heritage Theater – School of Arts and Culture @ MHP in San Jose, CA
Bless Me, Ultima is a new Mexican-American opera on the power of destiny by composer/librettist Héctor Armienta. The opera is based on the acclaimed coming-of-age novel by Rudolfo Anaya, who is is widely recognized as the godfather of Chicano literature. The world premiere, which took place in New Mexico on February 18th, 2018, performed to sold out crowds.
April 20th – 7:30 pm
April 21st- 7:30 pm
April 22nd- 2:00 pm
It is the story of Antonio Marez, a young boy, at the time when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico. Ultima is a curandera, or shaman, one who cures with herbs and magic. Under her wise wing, Tony will probe the family ties that bind and rend him, and 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.
About the Novel
The novel is considered one of the best in Chicano literature and is one of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Reads. Richard Rodrigues has characterized the novel as an “important contribution to literature in a pluralistic United States,” and others consider it the quintessential Chicano coming-of-age novel. In 2013, the novel was made into a movie. Most recently, Author Rudolfo Anaya was awarded the National Humanities Medal by Former President Barack Obama for his literature.
TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR ALL 3 PERFORMANCES!
Roberto Perlas Gomez as Tenorio
Pedro Ledesma as Gabriel Marez
Michael Orlinsky as Narciso
Flora Mendoza as The Owl
Andrew Metzger as Pedro/Lupito
Members of Masterworks Chorale – as The Chorus