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“ The world’s leading festival
of early music.”

The Times, London

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PAST FESTIVALS

Since 1981, the biennial Boston Early Music Festival has been one of the most important events for early music in North America. Use the links at the right to learn more about the musicians and opera productions that have earned BEMF its reputation as the “World’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London).

2015 Festival | Invention & Discovery
Operatic Centerpiece: The Monteverdi Trilogy
June 7–14, 2015 | Learn more »

2013 Festival | Youth: Genius & Folly
Operatic Centerpiece: Handel's Almira
June 9–16, 2013 | Learn more »

2011 Festival | Metamorphoses: Change and Transformation
Operatic Centerpiece: Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe
June 12–19, 2011 | Learn more »

2009 Festival | The Power of Love
Operatic Centerpiece: Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea
June 6–14, 2009| Learn more »

2007 Festival | Feast of the Gods
Operatic Centerpiece: Lully's Psyché
June 11–17, 2007 | Learn more »

2005 Festival | East Meets West: Germany, Russian, The Baltic
Operatic Centerpiece: Mattheson's Boris Goudenow
June 13–19, 2005 | Learn more »

2003 Festival | Germany: A Melting Pot of French, Italian, Eastern European and Regional Influences
Operatic Centerpiece: Conradi's Ariadne
June 9–15, 2003 | Learn more »

2001 Festival | The French Influence in Europe
Operatic Centerpiece: Lully's Thésée
June 11–17, 2001 | Learn more »

1999 Festival | Music of the Mediterranean
Operatic Centerpiece: Cavalli's Ercole Amante
June 8–13, 1999 | Learn more »

1997 Festival | France & Italy: A Tale of Two Countries
Operatic Centerpiece: Rossi's L'Orfeo
June 10–15, 1997 | Learn more »

1995 Festival
Operatic Centerpiece: Purcell's King Arthur
June 13–18, 1995| Learn more »

1993 Festival
Operatic Centerpiece: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
June 15–20, 1993 | Learn more »

1991 Festival
Opera in Concert: Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro

June 1–9, 1991 | Learn more »

1989 Festival
Opera in Concert: Mozart's Idomeneo
May 28–June 4, 1989 | Learn more »

1987 Festival
June 8–14, 1987 | Learn more »

1985 Festival
Operatic Centerpiece: Handel's Teseo
June 3–9, 1985 | Learn more »

1983 Festival
Operatic Centerpiece: Rameau's Zoroastre
May 24–30, 1983 | Learn more »

1981 Festival
Operatic Centerpiece: Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea
May 26–31, 1981| Learn more »

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