Video Spotlight

Celebrated British baritone Roderick Williams makes his BEMF début alongisde one of the most illustrious period instrument ensembles, Bach Collegium Japan, on Friday, February 10. Watch him perform Graupner's Fahre auf in die Höhe in concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment in 2021.


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

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June 4–11, 2023

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Friday, February 10

Legendary director Masaaki Suzuki and Bach Collegium Japan join forces with baritone Roderick Williams for music by Bach and Telemann.

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The Centerpiece of the June 2023 Festival will be the fully staged North American premiere of Desmarest's Circé. After the divine sorceress Circé welcomes Ulisse and his weary companions to her island home, the forces of love, magic, and fate clash and threaten to ensnare them all.

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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 annual concerts feature some of the world's most exciting and engaging Early Music artists!

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2023 Festival

Join us for A Celebration of Women—June 4–11, 2023. Tickets and subscription packages are NOW ON SALE!
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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 five GRAMMY-nominated recordings.


Lalande's Les Fontaines de Versailles & Le Concert d'Esculape The BEMF Chamber Opera series returns to the music of the French Baroque with a new recording of two court entertainments by Michel-Richard de Lalande.


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

Meet Our Artistic Leadership

BEMF's Artistic Leadership Team, Gilbert Blin, Robert Mealy, Melinda Sullivan, Paul O'Dette, and Stephen Stubbs

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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The Boston Early Music Festival is supported in part by:
National Endowment for the Arts
Mass Cultural Council
Constellation Charitable Foundation
Cambridge Community Foundation

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