BEMF’s Video Spotlight

Philippe Jaroussky performs the hauntingly beautiful “Sfere amiche” from Agostino Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe at the 2011 Festival. BEMF returns to the operas of Steffani with the North American premiere of Orlando at the June 2019 Festival!

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“Arguably the most important and influential
Early Music event in the world.” —BBC Radio 3

Coming Up at BEMF!

BEMF finishes its 2018–2019 Season with the BEMF Orchestra on April 6 in Harvard Square. Subscriptions are now on sale for our 2019–2020 Season. And coming in June, don’t miss our 20th biennial Festival—with opera, concerts, and more—June 9–16 in Boston!


BEMF Orchestra

Handel's Apollo e Dafne

April 6 | Cambridge, MA
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2019–2020 Season

Subscriptions now on sale!
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Steffani's Orlando

Fully-staged Centerpiece Opera
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Coming in June – The North American premiere of
Agostino Steffani’s Orlando – June 9-16, 2019!

Who We Are

Since 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival has established itself as an international leader in the field of Early Music. BEMF presents a wealth of diverse programs and activities, including superb productions of Baroque opera, award-winning recordings, an annual concert season that brings the field’s brightest stars to Boston and New York City, and North America’s leading festival for Early Music.


Baroque Opera

“An absolute delight.” —The New York Times

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Celebrated Concerts

Our 2018–2019 Season features extraordinary programs with the world’s finest artists and ensembles.

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2019 Festival

Save the dates for our 20th Festival and Exhibition, June 9–16, 2019 in Boston.

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Award-Winning Recordings

In 2004, BEMF initiated a series of recordings to preserve its groundbreaking Baroque opera creations and attempt to fill the gaps in the current discography of Western opera. The series features one GRAMMY Award-winning and four GRAMMY-nominated recordings.

Newest CD!

Sebastiani's Matthäus Passion
GRAMMY winners Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs lead Johann Sebastiani’s sublime early setting of the St. Matthew Passion, lushly scored for six voices, six strings, and continuo.


“One of the nation’s foremost Early Music organizations.” —The New Yorker

Meet Our Artistic Leadership

BEMF Opera productions reproduce the Baroque’s stunning palette of sound by bringing together today’s leading operatic superstars and a wealth of instrumental talent from across the globe. Leading the Artistic Team are GRAMMY-winning Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs alongside Opera Director Gilbert Blin. Rounding out the leadership are Orchestra Director Robert Mealy and Dance Director Melinda Sullivan.

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“A constant delight of anticipation.” —The Wall Street Journal