BEMF’s Video Spotlight

Sublime soprano Amanda Forsythe sings “Proverai di che fiere saette” from Handel’s Almira at the June 2013 Festival. Almira is the subject of BEMF’s latest recording on the CPO label, now available to purchase.

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“Arguably the most important and influential
Early Music event in the world.” —BBC Radio 3

Upcoming Events at BEMF!

The Boston Early Music Festival’s 2019–2020 Season concludes with two incredible concerts as well as A Springtime Soirée to benefit BEMF! Plus, subscribe today to the 2020–2021 Season!


Mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenburg

Join the extraordinary mezzo-soprano Ann Hallenburg, in concert with the Venice Baroque Orchestra on Friday, February 28 in Boston!

A Springtime Soirée

Please join us for a festive evening of delights to benefit the Boston Early Music Festival—with entertainment from Karina Gauvin, Aaron Sheehan, Paul O'Dette, Robert Mealy, and more!

Stile Antico

The always-fascinating singers of Stile Antico shine a light on music written by and for women in the Renaissance.

Save the dates for our next biennial Festival—June 6–13, 2021!

Who We Are

Since 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival has established itself as an international leader in the field of Early Music. BEMF presents a wealth of diverse programs and activities, including superb productions of Baroque opera, award-winning recordings, an annual concert season that brings the field’s brightest stars to Boston and New York City, and North America’s leading festival for Early Music.


Baroque Opera

“An absolute delight.” —The New York Times

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Celebrated Concerts

Our 2019–2020 Season celebrates 30 years of bringing Boston audiences concerts from the world’s finest artists and ensembles.

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2021 Festival

Celebrate 40 years of BEMF at our next Festival and Exhibition, June 6–13, 2021 in Boston.

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Award-Winning Recordings

In 2004, BEMF initiated a series of recordings to preserve its groundbreaking Baroque opera creations and attempt to fill the gaps in the current discography of Western opera. The series features one GRAMMY Award-winning and four GRAMMY-nominated recordings.


Charpentier's Les Plaisirs de Versailles & Les Arts Florissants
2020 GRAMMY Nominee! The BEMF Chamber Opera series returns to the music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier with a new recording of two chamber operas by the French Baroque master.


“One of the nation’s foremost Early Music organizations.” —The New Yorker

Meet Our Artistic Leadership

BEMF Opera productions reproduce the Baroque’s stunning palette of sound by bringing together today’s leading operatic superstars and a wealth of instrumental talent from across the globe. Leading the Artistic Team are GRAMMY-winning Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs alongside Opera Director Gilbert Blin. Rounding out the leadership are Orchestra Director Robert Mealy and Dance Director Melinda Sullivan.

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“A constant delight of anticipation.” —The Wall Street Journal