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Virtuoso lutenist and BEMF's Artistic Co-Director Paul O'Dette performs selections from the Mure of Rowallan's Lute Book, featured in his concert at the 2021 Boston Early Music Festival.

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

Coming up at BEMF…

We can't wait to be together again! Our 2021–2022 Season is coming this fall—artists and dates are now available, with more information to come later this summer. We are working closely with our venues in Boston and Cambridge to determine safety procedures for each location, and we are in touch with our treasured artists to ensure their comfort with our plans. Tickets will go on sale this summer as soon as final preparations are in place. Please be assured that we will do everything possible to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our audience, artists, and staff and we will follow all applicable regulations from state and local officials.

We're also eager to hear from you! Email us at bemf@bemf.org to share your hopes and expectations as we look forward to opening up our doors again.

Jordi Savall

2021–2022 SEASON

Our 32nd annual concert season will include some of BEMF's favorite artists and ensembles, including Jordi Savall, Kristian Bezuidenhout & Carolyn Sampson, Stile Antico, our own BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles, and so much more.
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Photo by Kathy Wittman

BEMF at HOME

Enjoy excerpts from past BEMF Opera productions!
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FRINGE CONCERTS

Virtual Fringe Concerts from our 2021 Festival can still be viewed—FREE on YouTube—until the end of September!
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We remain committed to compensating the world-class artists who bring these performances to life, now more than ever. We are profoundly grateful for the support of our devoted fans and friends around the world who make these programs possible. Please visit BEMF.org/support to learn more about making a tax-deductible contribution to  the Boston Early Music Festival.

In response to the coronavirus/COVID-19, BEMF has temporarily closed our administrative office. BEMF administrative staff are working remotely for the immediate future. If you have any Box Office questions, please email Corey King, Box Office and Patron Services Manager at corey@bemf.org. For general questions, please email bemf@bemf.org.

Save the dates for our next Festival—June 4–11, 2023

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.

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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

Our 22nd biennial Festival and Exhibition returns to Boston—June 4–11, 2023.

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.

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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.

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