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$45,000 received in support of Bless Me Ultima

July 01, 2015


Alfario and Carmen Castellano
We are delighted to announce that Opera Cultura has received a major gift and donation in support of the commission and development of Hector Armienta's new opera, Bless Me Ultima. The opera is based on Rudolfo Anaya's epic novel of the same title.

Alcario and Carmen Castellano have committed $15,000 toward the commission, which is the largest single donation Opera Cultura has received.


The Knight Foundation has contributed $30,000.00 toward the commission and development of the work, which will include a reading in 2017 and writing workshops for the community. 

"I'm extremely grateful  to Alcario and Carmen Castellano, as well as the Knight Foundation for their continued support.  They are truly partners in my quest to bring Anaya's great novel to the operatic stage and create new audiences for Latino/Hispanic  opera," Hector Armienta - Composer and Artistic Director 

In addition, the opera has made it to the semi final round of the Arizona Spark Initative, a commissioning program of Arizona Opera

Want to help  bring this opera to life? Click here to get details about sponsorship levels and benefits.