Surprise Soprano - Tania de Jong AM
Feature Act available for hire, based in Victoria
Tania de Jong AM performs a unique combination of opera, Broadway and song to enchant, inspire and entertain. You will be entranced by the voice, spirit and charisma of one of Australia's leading sopranos as she presents your favourite songs and melodies from opera to Broadway and pop and some all-time favourites with charm, warmth and a great sense of humour. Songs may include Time to Say Goodbye, O mio babbino caro, Ave Maria, Amazing Grace, Summertime, My Heart Belongs to Daddy, Habanera from Carmen, La Vie en Rose, Love Changes Everything, Danny Boy, Vilia, Panis Angelicus, Laudate Dominum, The Flower Duet from Lakme and songs from Phantom of the Opera, Westside Story, Les Miserables .... and many more! Tania has an enormous repertoire and frequently performs as a soloist with a range of ensembles and orchestras as well as duetting with some leading male and female singers.
Tania’s new feature performances range from one song to a 30 minute after-dinner show or a full concert. Tania will bring together a diverse range of songs and stories to connect with and delight your specific audience. She can also write customised lyrics to celebrate special people, occasions and events.
Tania de Jong is the inspiration, co-founder and artistic director of Pot-Pourri and of Music Theatre Australia one stop entertainment and event production company. A graduate of the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Law with Honours and the Victorian College of the Arts, Tania is considered one of Australia's most talented sopranos. She has performed with the Victoria State Opera and as a soloist with a number of orchestras. In 2006 Tania received the Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her work in founding The Song Room. Tania's other awards include the "Outstanding Individual Contribution to Australian Culture", Churchill Fellowship and the Accessibility Award in The Melbourne Awards. She was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards and has recently been inducted into the AGSE Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame. Tania is on the Board of Child Abuse Prevention and Research Australia. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in June 2008 for service to the arts as a performer and entrepreneur and through the establishment and development of music and arts enrichment programs for schools and communities. She has recently founded Creativity Australia to bring wellbeing and greater engagement into the workforce, and in partnership with disadvantaged communities, through creative thinking and leadership programs. (Trivia: Tania attended college in the USA on a tennis scholarship.)
"The feedback from our Gala Dinner last Monday has been incredibly positive and I want to thank you for your wonderful contribution. You lit up the room with your voice and presence; you are an outstanding performer and entertainer and we are privileged that you gave so generously of your time and your talent. Thank you for being such an essential part of a truly memorable evening."
Ron Finkel, President, Hadassah Australia
"A golden voice and beautiful personality, funny and moving, she has us all in tears." The Sentinel
"Very talented soprano with clear, golden tones and outstanding dramatic flair....moved me to tears." The Press, Christchurch