Tania de Jong AM Soprano
Tania is a leading Australian soprano, creative innovation catalyst, social entrepreneur and spiritual journey woman. She is the Co-Founder of internationally acclaimed singing group Pot-Pourri and MTA Entertainment & Events. An Honours Law graduate of the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts (Opera and Music Theatre), Tania has performed in over 40 countries and released 12 Albums. She performs as a soloist with choirs and orchestras, and for a range of special events. She founded Creativity Australia and Creative Universe to improve wellbeing, engagement, diversity and innovation in organisations and communities. She also recently founded mental health charity Mind Medicine Australia. Her numerous awards include Ernst and Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year as Founder of The Song Room and Brainlink Woman of Achievement. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 2008 and was recently named in the AFR 100 Women of Influence, the top 100 Most Influential Australian Entrepreneurs and the 100 most influential people in psychedelics globally.
(Trivia: Tania attended college in the USA on a tennis scholarship and her grandmother Slawa Duldig invented the first foldable umbrella in Vienna in 1929.)
Tania presents keynote speeches to multinational organisations on leadership mindsets and innovation, works with a range of migrants and disadvantaged communities to build social capital and inspires people everywhere to find their voice. She is Founder and Executive Producer of Creative Innovation 2010 - 2019.
Rebecca Bode Soprano
Rebecca studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and Queensland Conservatorium of Music before her debut with The Victorian State Opera and later as a full-time soloist with Opera Australia.
She travelled overseas and performed and toured in Europe, America and Asia with Columbia Artists Management, London City Opera, European Chamber Opera, and Opera in Concert Productions Worldwide. Her operatic roles include Mimi, Loretta, Musetta, Norina, Despina, Adele, Valencienne, Yum Yum, Josephine and Mabel. She is the Managing Director of MTA Entertainment & Events.
(Triva: Rebecca is the proud mother of two little divas.)
Jon Bode Tenor
Jon has performed as an actor and singer in theatre, musical theatre and opera in Australia and around the world. He studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts before working with the Melbourne Theatre Company, Playbox, State Theatre Company of South Australia and in various touring musicals.
Whilst living overseas he toured with European Chamber Opera, London City Opera, Columbia Artists Management and Opera in Concert Productions Worldwide. Since returning to Australia Jon has continued to work in theatre, regularly appears as a guest soloist with Melbourne Opera Company and is a soloist with Opera Australia. He is a Director of MTA Entertainment & Events.
(Trivia: Jon is the proud father of two little divas.)
Jonathan Morton Baritone
A man of hidden talents, Jonathan not only sings exquisitely, but also has a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, is an IT whiz, creates websites, teaches yoga and plays the didgeridoo. Jont completed the Opera Studio course at VCA.
He performed with the VSO from 1988 in productions including Carmen and My Fair Lady. He played the role of Ben in The Telephone for the Melbourne Opera Company, Castlemaine State Festival and Port Fairy Festival. For MTA he played the Prince in Rapunzel – The Musical! and the Count in Figaro! Figaro! Figaro! He co-founded MTA Entertainment & Events and Pot-Pourri.
(Trivia: Jont keeps bees and loves his organic property.)
Anthony Barnhill Pianist/Musical Director
Anthony is a versatile Australian conductor, pianist, and composer. His performances have been described as ‘sensitive and intelligent’ (ArtsHub) and displaying ‘incredible showmanship’ (Tina Arena).
For the international tour of West Side Story (Opera Australia, GWB entertainment, BB group), Anthony conducted performances at renowned opera houses around the world, including the Berlin State Opera and Sydney Opera House. His involvement with the show continued, music supervising the 2021 Perth and Brisbane seasons.
As Musical Director for Australian International Productions, Anthony led concert performances in twelve cities throughout China. His other musical theatre credits include Evita (Opera Australia), Oklahoma! (The Production Company) and Chicago (GFO). Anthony has performed with a range of artists including US popstar Mario, Anthony Warlow, James Morrison, Lea Salonga and Dame Edna Everage. His other work spans the Victorian State Schools Spectacular, Opera Scholars Australia, and as Composer in Residence for Creative Innovation Global 2017-2019.
Anthony achieved Monash University’s highest performance result in each year of study. In 2017, he was recipient of the prestigious Rob Guest Endowment Musician Award. Anthony was to be the Musical Director of Opera Australia’s recently postponed production of The Phantom of the Opera at the Sydney Opera House.