Marie Slorach (b. 1951) – Scottish singer, soprano. Following studies in her home city, she joined the orchestra of the Scottish Opera in 1974, where she made her debut in the role of Musetta in La Bohème. She also appeared on the stage of the Wexford Opera, English National Opera, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, and Opera North. Endowed with a dramatic voice, she became remembered for her suggestive creations, such as that of Lisa in The Queen of Spades, Elektra in Idomeneo, and Amelia in Simon Boccanegra. She is also a valued performer of oratorio vocal parts.
Marie Slorach became the first performer of Witold Lutosławski’s 17 Polish Carols in the arrangement for soprano, female chorus, and chamber orchestra made for the London Sinfonietta. The world premiere of this version of the work – to Polish words – was given on December 15, 1985, at London’s Queen Elisabeth Hall, with the London Sinfonietta and London Chorus under the composer’s direction. The orchestral version of the complete collection of 20 Polish Carols in Witold Lutosławski’s compositorial arrangement was heard for the first time five years later, in December, 1990, at Aberdeen. This performance was also conducted by the composer.kt / trans. mk