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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 »


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


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.
CHECK OUT the 2017 Festival Concerts »

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.


Purchase our 2017 Festival Limited Edition Commemorative Print featuring "Carnival" by Leon Steinmetz

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2017 Festival this past June. Early Music and Opera lovers from across the globe converged on Boston for a truly spectacular week of opera, concerts, and so much more, from June 11-18. If you missed your chance to purchase our 2017 Festival Limited Edition Commemorative Print, we are pleased to announce that they are now available at

BEMF was exceptionally honored to showcase artwork by American artist Leon Steinmetz - at our June 2017 Festival - from his series "All the world's a stage". Recall and celebrate the 2017 Festival - themed “Carnival” - with a special Commemorative Print featuring "Carnival" by Leon Steinmetz. Each museum-quality reproduction (20" x 26.625") is printed on archival, acid-free paper and suitable for framing; further, each Print is personally signed and numbered by the artist. These Commemorative Prints are limited to just 117, so be sure to purchase one of the remaining copies today for $75.