Video Spotlight

Soprano Amanda Forsythe performs "Ah, Serpina" from Pergolesi La Serva Padrona with the BEMF Chamber Opera Series in November 2014. In 2023, BEMF returned to the recording studio for our latest CD release featuring Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona & Livietta e Tracollo—now available on the CPO label!


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


Subscription Packages are now on sale for our 2024/25 Season!

Secure your seats now for our 35th Season of concerts and opera in Greater Boston featuring beloved returns and exciting débuts!

Virtual Concerts continue for our 2024/25 Season

BEMF has been thrilled to share our concerts virtually with fans around the world and are proud to continue offering our entire 2024/25 Season virtually. Subscribe to all 9 concerts today and enjoy the music you love wherever you are!

BEMF Chamber Opera Series presents Telemann's Don Quichotte

Cervantes’s epic story is brought to life through the irresistible music of Georg Philipp Telemann in an all-new production from the GRAMMY-winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series!

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 For general questions, please email

Save the dates for our next Festival—June 8–15, 2025

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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2025 Festival

Save the dates for our 23rd biennial Festival—June 8–15, 2025.

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.


Enjoy a 2 CD-set of Neopolitan comic opera with Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona and Livietta e Tracollo.


“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

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