Kiandra Howarth graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in 2010, whilst also a member of the Opera Queensland Developing Artist Programme.
In 2009, Kiandra made her professional debut with Opera Queensland, creating the role of Josie in the world premiere of Dirty Apple. She has received many prizes from the Acclaim Awards and the Australian Singing Competition – including the Mozart Operatic Institute Award and the Dr. Handa prize.
Joining the Young Artist Programme at Opera Australia in 2012, she performed the roles of Papagena in Die Zauberflöte, Zerlina in Don Giovanni and made her international debut for Opera Australia singing Norina in Don Pasquale in Tokyo, Japan. She also appeared as soprano soloist with the Sydney Symphony and Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
In September 2012, Kiandra moved to Salzburg to begin a one-year intensive study program at the Mozarteum. Later that year, she was awarded first prize in the VI Concorso Lirico Internazionale Magda Olivero in Milan. She performed the role of The Countess in Le nozze di Figaro for the Mozarteum and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas for Teatro dell’Opera di Roma at the Caracalla Baths.
She joined the Salzburger Festspiele Young Singers Project in mid-2013 where she sang Konstanze in Die Entführung aus dem Serail für Kinder and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte für Kinder; she also performed Ein Friedensbote in Rienzi under Philippe Jordan and Una voce dal cielo in Don Carlo under Antonio Pappano in the main Festival Season.
In September 2013, Kiandra Howarth joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; in the 2013/14 Royal Opera House season, she sang Second Flower Maiden in Parsifal, Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos and covered Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and Soeur Constance in Dialogues des Carmélites; her Fiordilgi (Così fan tutte) as part of the ROH Summer Series received critical acclaim.
Kiandra’s association with ROH continued in 2014/2015 – she sang Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore and Countess Ceprano in Rigoletto; she also made her leading role debut at Covent Garden – as Adina in L’elisir d’amore. In 2016, Kiandra will return to Australia as Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi for West Australian Opera; she takes the soprano solos in Mozart’s Requiem for Queensland Symphony Orchestra and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 for West Australian Symphony Orchestra.