BEMF’s Video Spotlight

Go BEHIND-THE-SCENES on our landmark production of Steffani’s Orlando—the centerpiece opera of our 20th biennial Festival, June 9–16, 2019 in Boston!

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

Coming Up at BEMF!

This June, don’t miss our 20th biennial Festival—with opera, concerts, and more—June 9–16 in Boston! Plus, subscriptions are now on sale for our 2019–2020 Season, starting this fall.


Steffani's Orlando

Fully-staged Centerpiece Opera
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2019 Festival Concerts

17 incredible performances!
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2019–2020 Season

Subscriptions now on sale!
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Coming in June – The North American premiere of
Agostino Steffani’s Orlando – June 9-16, 2019!

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 bring Boston concerts from the world’s finest artists and ensembles.

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2019 Festival

Save the dates for our 20th Festival and Exhibition, June 9–16, 2019 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.

Newest CD!

Sebastiani's Matthäus Passion
GRAMMY winners Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs lead Johann Sebastiani’s sublime early setting of the St. Matthew Passion, lushly scored for six voices, six strings, and continuo.


“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