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2019 Festival | June 9-16, 2019
The Boston Early Music Festival will present the North American premiere of Agostino Steffani’s 1691 opera Orlando generoso, as the fully-staged operatic centerpiece of the June 2019 Boston Early Music Festival. This weeklong celebration of Early Music, themed Dreams & Madness, will be the 20th biennial Festival since the organization’s founding in 1981. Learn more »

“BEMF spares no effort when it stages opera.”


The Centerpiece Opera is just one part of a weeklong celebration of Early Music. Other events will include…


VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain
Enjoy a musical feast from the height of Louis XIV's reign with two chamber operas—Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles and Lalande’s Les Fontaines de Versailles—exalting the splendor and majesty of the palace and its gardens, alongside divertissements from Lully’s Atys.


7 days of incredible concerts!
Each Festival presents a series of concerts showcasing the most accomplished artists and ensembles in Early Music. Experience a thrilling journey in a diverse selection of engaging musical programs.
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Fringe Concerts
One of the most important features of every Festival is the remarkable array of Fringe Concerts from dozens of artists and ensembles from around the world. We are accepting applications now.


The World-famous Exhibition
The heart of the Festival is our world-famous Exhibition, the premiere early music trade show in North America and among the largest in the world.