• In this April 28, 2011, file photo, author Rudolfo Anaya poses for a photo at home in Albuquerque, N.M. Anaya's famed novel "Bless Me, Ultima," one of the most recognizable works of Mexican-American literature, is being made into an opera. The National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque announced this week it is collaborating with Opera Southwest to commission the work based on a New Mexico boy and a traditional healer. It will be written by California-based composer Hector Armienta and is slated to be produced in 2018. (Morgan Petroski/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Rudolfo Anaya’s “Bless Me, Ultima” to be made into an opera

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Rudolfo Anaya’s famed novel “Bless Me, Ultima,” one of the most recognizable works of Mexican-American Literature and a book some scholars believed sparked the Chicano literary movement in the late 1960s, is being made into an opera.