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MOZ-Art Program 2023
From June 12 to July 23, 2023
Duration: 6 weeks
Final Performance: July 22-23, 2023
Interview Dates

January to May, 2023

*By appointment only*

To schedule, an appointment send an email to

All students and parents

must  participate in an interview

About the Program

The Opera Atelier presents the MOZ-Art Program, an engaging 6-week camp for children and youngsters who want to participate in a live opera production.


This program may be of special interest to those wishing to enter programs at magnet schools and college programs in performance and in general those wanting to pursue musical studies.

Participants will experience the full breadth of the art and industry of opera by engaging in the various components of a full opera production. 


Besides voice lessons, diction, theory, notation classes, coaching, and rehearsals, students will design and build props, virtual scenery, and create marketing campaigns, among others elements.


The MOZ-Art program will culminate with a production of a full opera. Additionally, the students will participate in public presentations of solos and ensembles in various Miami-Dade venues.

Plans for this year include Bastien and Bastienne by Mozart and a new production of Frau Haydn in Trouble. 


The Opera Atelier invites parents and students to participate in a Zoom Program Orientation Meeting in which you will be able to ask questions about the program:

Orientation Meeting Dates:

*01/18/2023. 7.30pm - 8.30pm [in English]

Click here to enter this meeting

*01/19/2023. 7.30pm - 8.30pm [en español]

Click aquí para entrar a esta reunión

Open House opportunity:

Saturday, March 4, 2023.

2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

[Please, send us an email to

to register and confirm your attendance]

The Opera Atelier Studio
970 SW 1st Street, Suite # 408.
Miami, FL 33130.


Free parking lot on SW 2nd Street

behind the building.

Elementary, middle, and high school students (ages 9-17, children with disabilities up to 21) interested in singing and the performing arts. Some experience in solo or choral singing is a plus.  Initial interview required.

6 weeks / Monday through Friday/ From June12 to July 23, 2022


9 am – 3 pm

Before/Aftercare is provided free of charge to all participants.


The Opera Atelier Studios at Manuel Artime Community Center and Manuel Artime Theater.

Secondary sites:

-The Opera Atelier at 970 SW 1st Street. Suite #408. Miami, FL 33130.

-Manuel Artime Theater at 900 SW 1st Street. Miami, FL 33130.


*A hands-on Introduction to musical, opera, and zarzuela
*Musicianship, music notation, and theory
*Musical study techniques
*Vocal technique, solo, and choral singing
*Elements of acting

*Elements of virtual scenery

*Elements of marketing for the arts
*Enrichment activities through special guest classes, literacy, and visual arts activities
*Rehearsals and final performance with the participants

*Students will participate in the full opera production Bastien und Bastienne, The Not So Little Prince, and other public performances.



The program is valued at $1,750*.
There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee.

*Full scholarships (SAS-C funded) for children with documented disabilities or from low-income familiesScholarships are available to Miami-Dade residents who qualify for free or reduced lunch or receive SNAP assistance. If the student qualifies for free or reduced lunch or receives SNAP assistance and you would like to request a camp scholarship, please email proof of eligibility to For students enrolled in Miami-Dade County Public Schools, you may send a screenshot of the student information tab found in the student or parent portal. Proof of SNAP assistance is also acceptableThere is a limited number of full scholarships available.


*Partial scholarships granted by The Opera Atelier cover $1000 of the tuition. Families will be responsible for the remaining $750 tuition. The number of partial scholarships is limited. Scholarships are granted on a first-come, first-served basis, to those who apply.

The registration process and agreement of participation should be completed by May 15, 2021.



*Attendance is essential.
*Children enrolled in the program should not participate in any other performance program during the program period (June 13– July 23).

*Participants should be available for all performances. 

If you have any questions about the program, please contact the Program Education Director, Daniel Daroca, at

MOZ-Art Program
The not so Little Prince (2019)
MOZ-Art Program 2021
Bastien und Bastienne
To pre-register for the MOZ-Art Program an interview is required. Please fill out the form below to request an interview.

Thank you for your submission

Past MOZ-Art program 2020

The new opera, The Return of the not so Little Prince

Libretto by Daniel Daroca

© 2019


A quirky story has long been circulated about The Little Prince. Mistaking it for the factual account of the adventure of a respected traveler, some took the trouble to translate it. The book came to be published in many languages and became so popular that the copies would fly off the shelves. Sensitive folks would acquire the book, have a good cry while reading it, and then share it with their children, some of whom cried even more. So, little by little, the legend of The Little Prince spread to all corners of the Earth, accompanied by sighs, exclamations and tears. Armed with a silly picture and a few provisions, throngs of enthusiasts of the story crisscrossed the Sahara in search of the place where the Prince had supposedly returned to his home planet, hoping to catch a glimpse of the youth- should he ever decide to come back to the same spot. Of course, many perished in this useless trek, and most of the few survivors never read another book. As it turns out, most of the story was not even true to begin with. For one, the Prince neither spoke at length with the Serpent nor received any philosophical tips from any fox. During the accident- which did happen - the writer lost his glasses.  All the maps, drawings, and diagrams he later made were grossly inaccurate.

But don’t just take my word for it. This was corroborated by the protagonist, who admitted that he had jokingly fed the French author false information. The account that follows was related by the Prince; I have no reason to doubt him this time. After several meetings, I must say that he strikes me as a reasonable and honest fellow. We had coffee several times; I even visited him and The Rose on their planet last year. The Prince showed me his picture album after dinner, and everything checked out.

First, he is no real prince. Forget about it. His parents, who love him very much, used to call him “My Little Prince” when he was a baby. He liked the sound of it and he kept it because the title gets him good seats when he goes out. But as much as he enjoys theaters and restaurants, there is nothing that the Prince loves more than exploring, so much so that his parents gave him a very nice planet for his fifth birthday, which he has kept in perfect order ever since. Believe me, the planet is large enough -nothing like that ridiculous piece of rock that the other book depicts. The planet of the Prince has oceans, valleys, mountains and a fantastic atmosphere. In short, it has everything a decent planet is supposed to have. But be it as it may, every few weeks he tires of being in the same place all the time and takes off on one of his adventures. Sometimes he is away for a few hours and other times for a day or two. The Prince made it quite clear that he has never been away for more than a couple of days, on account of the baobabs. They must be pruned regularly, so they do not overtake the planet. And- I almost forgot- there is no volcano- another little detail that the other writer did not care to check. Go figure! Maybe he got several different journeys of The Little Prince mixed up or he got the stories of different princes all confused with one another. Be that as it may, that quirky story needs a righter.


But rather than trying to amend the old tale, we bring you one of The not so Little Prince’s excursions, one of those run of the mill days when he goes planet hopping for the afternoon and is back home in time for an early dinner and a stroll. You might recognize the familiar planets of The King, The Lamplighter and the Businessman, which are the closest to the Prince’s own planet, and in strange way that he tried to explain and I could never understand- blame it on a hearty dinner- surround his planet, which is thus rendered invisible to the external world. The rest of the planets may be unfamiliar to you, if you have never been near that neck of the woods.

Whenever he goes on one of his journeys, the Prince makes a stop on each of the three planets and goes through the same routine every time. The funny thing is that none of the three endearing characters who occupy the planets seems to remember his prior visits. After leaving the last of the three planets, he takes off into a different direction every time. The Prince, who is fond of music and has an impressive opera collection, asked me to find a composer to make this story into an opera. Truth be told, he did not even bother to ask the other composer- the lady was so busy with the birds and their songs that his opera would never get written. So, the composer and I are simply following the Prince’s wishes here. And, look around! Who knows if the globetrotting Prince himself is not here tonight, catching the performance of his very own opera?

Daniel Daroca
© 2019

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