2019 Festival | June 9–16, 2019

Join us in Boston for eight days of award-winning opera, celebrated concerts, the world-famous Exhibition, and more—JUNE 9–16, 2019! Our 20th BIENNIAL FESTIVAL, featuring the theme of “Dreams & Madness,” brings the world of Early Music together in Boston for a weeklong celebration.

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Centerpiece Opera: Steffani’s Orlando

In a world of knights and dragons, a tale of magic and mystery comes to life in the fully staged North American premiere of Agostino Steffani’s 1691 operatic masterpiece. LEARN MORE »

Chamber Opera:VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain

Enjoy two chamber operas by Charpentier and Lalande from the height of Louis XIV’s reign, exalting the splendor of the palace and its gardens, alongside divertissements from Lully’s AtysLEARN MORE »


7 days of Festival Concerts

The 2019 Festival will feature concerts from Kristian Bezuidenhout, Sequentia, Stile Antico, Dunedin Consort, Doulce Mémoire, our own all-star BEMF Orchestra, and so much more. LEARN MORE »

Fringe Concerts

One of the most important features of every Festival is the remarkable array of Fringe Concerts by dozens of artists and ensembles from around the world. We are accepting applications now. LEARN MORE »


The heart of the Festival is our world-famous Exhibition, the premier early music trade show in North America. LEARN MORE »