Australian lyric soprano Kiandra Howarth was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden from 2013–15. Whilst on the programme Kiandra performed and understudied many roles, including: Zweiten Blumenmädchen Parsifal, Eine der Kinderstimmen Die Frau ohne Schatten, Echo Ariadne auf Naxos, Fiordiligi Così fan tutte, Contessa Ceprano Rigoletto, Giannetta and Adina L’elisir d’amore, Soeur Constance Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte, Juliette Roméo et Juliette, Susanna Le Nozze di Figaro, Gilda Rigoletto, Mimi La bohème, Nannetta Falstaff, Ilia Idomeneo and Pamina Die Zauberflöte.
Having graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2010, Kiandra then studied on the Opera Queensland Young Artist Programme and subsequently joined the company at Opera Australia. She was the recipient of several prizes in the prestigious 2010 Australian Singing Competition, which included a scholarship to study at the Mozarteum Institute in Salzburg, which she undertook in late 2012 after making her international debut in Tokyo, performing the role of Norina Don Pasquale for Opera Australia.
Whilst at the Mozarteum, Kiandra performed the role of La Contessa Le Nozze di Figaro in a new production directed by the late Eike Gramss. Subsequently Kiandra was invited to participate in the 2013 Salzburg Festival Young Singer’s Project, performing; Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail für Kinder, Pamina Die Zauberflöte für Kinder, der Friedensbote Rienzi and Una voce dal Cielo Don Carlos conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano.
After graduating from the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme in July 2015, Kiandra was awarded the ‘Culturarte Prize’ in the 23rd Edition of Plácido Domingo’s Operalia – The World Opera Competition which was held at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. She then returned to the Royal Opera House for the 2015/16 season to cover the role of Zerlina Don Giovanni on a company tour to Japan and reprised the role of Echo Ariadne auf Naxos in Christof Loy’s beloved production.
In December 2015 Kiandra made her house role debut at Theâtre an der Wien performing the role of First Niece in a new production of Peter Grimes, directed by Christof Loy which won the award for ‘Best New Production’ at The 2016 International Opera Awards.
Now based in the UK, Kiandra still continues to perform regularly throughout Australia. More recent appearances include: Mozart’s Requiem with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Lauretta Gianni Schicchi, Mahler Symphony no.2 and Britten War Requiem with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and Cupid/Venus King Arthur for the 2016 Brisbane Baroque Festival.
Recent and future performances include Fiordiligi Cosi fan tutte for West Green Opera, Northern Ireland Opera and Nevill Holt Opera, a concert series for the Salzburg Festival Young Singers Project in China, debut at Wigmore Hall for the Samling Artist Programme’s 20th Anniversary Concert, Donna Anna Don Giovanni at Theater Basel, Opéra de Luxembourg and Opéra de Nantes, Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony at Salisbury Cathedral, Mahler Symphony No 2 at King’s College, Cambridge, 2nd Flower maiden in Parsifal at the Baden Baden Festival conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, Pamina at the Teatro dell’Opera in Rome, Freia / Das Rheingold for Grimeborn Opera, Konstanze Die Entführung aus dem Serail for The Grange Festival and First Lady / Die Zauberflöte for Covent Garden. She recently took part in the first full performance of Stanford’s Mass Via Victrix with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and recorded the same work for Nimbus /Lyrita.