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Soprano Halina Łukomska dies at 87

alt Polish soprano Halina Łukomska died at the age of 87 on August 30, 2016.

The artist studied singing with Stanisława Zawadzka and Maria Halfterowa at the Higher State Music School in Warsaw, where she received her diploma in 1954. She continued her studies with Giorgio Favaretto in Siena (1958) and Toti Dal Monte in Venice (1959-60). In 1956, she won the 1st prize at the International Vocal Competition in Hertogenbosch.

In 1960, Halina Łukomska began her international career, giving concerts at festivals in Edinburgh, Perugia, Vienna, Warsaw, Toulouse, and many other places, and performing with major orchestras around the world. The singer made several recordings for Philips, Columbia, EMI, Polskie Nagrania, and Harmonia Mundi labels. She became known as a great interpreter of contemporary music and performed vocal works by Luigi Nono, Witold Lutoslawski, Pierre Boulez, Bruno Maderna, Kazimierz Serocki, Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern, Alban Berg and Igor Stravinsky. She frerquently interpreted also works written by her husband - composer Augustyn Bloch (Espressioni, Meditations, Salmo gioioso).