Sir Walter Scott and Opera

These imaginative recitals celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Waverley Novels. Curated by Head of Music Derek Clark, the programme is inspired by some of Scott’s most popular works.


Rich with romanticism and full of the supernatural, Scott’s novels and poetry have been a well-mined source for generations of composers, and have inspired over 80 operas. These intimate recitals feature work by Donizetti, Rossini and Bizet as well as Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame, and Scottish composer Hamish MacCunn.


Visiting four of Scotland’s most singular and beautiful venues, including The Hub in Edinburgh, St Machar’s Cathedral in Aberdeen and Òran Mór in Glasgow, a stellar line-up brings the programme to life, accompanied by Derek Clark on piano. The tour also includes a recital at Scott’s own home, Abbotsford House, on Monday 7 July – the anniversary of the publication of Waverley, the first of the author’s world-famous series.


Soprano Judith Howarth
Tenor Michael Colvin
Baritone Roland Wood

Derek Clark


Running time 1 hr 40 mins approximately

Supported by The Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh