In 2008, BEMF established its Baroque Opera Recording Fund to provide long-term sustainability for its Grammy-nominated series of CDs that preserve its spectacular Baroque opera performances. BEMF has established a distinguished international reputation in the field of opera for its groundbreaking work in reviving little-known and rediscovered operatic gems of the 17th and early 18th centuries as centerpieces of its biennial Festivals. The BEMF Baroque Opera Project’s initiative to record all of its past and future operatic centerpieces not only makes BEMF’s world-class performances available to a large and diverse opera audience worldwide, it also fills in important gaps in the current opera discography. BEMF’s Baroque opera recordings have been a stunning success, earning unprecedented critical praise as well as Grammy nominations for both Conradi’s Ariadne (2005) and Lully’s Thésée (2007). The third title in the series, Lully’s Psyché, was released in July 2008, earning BEMF its third Grammy Nomination for Best Opera Recording.
The cost of assembling the vast artistic and technical resources to produce one BEMF opera recording is approximately $150,000. If you would like to help make one of these outstanding recordings possible, please contact Kathleen Fay by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-661-1812.
Carolyn Sampson and the BEMF Orchestra at
Jordan Hall for recording of Lully's Psyché