Video Spotlight

Recorders Beyond Borders returned on June 4, 2022 with an exciting new program featuring young recorder players from four continents. Last year’s young BEMF musicians from the United States and Kenya will be joined by participants in Brazil and the Netherlands. Watch the 2022 presentation now on YouTube!


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

Thank you for joining us for our 2021–2022 Season! BEMF will return this fall with our 2022–2023 Season—all presented in person AND available for virtual viewing. Learn more about Virtual Tickets »


Recorders Beyond Borders

On Saturday, June 4, Recorders Beyond Borders returned with an exciting virtual event featuring young recorder players from four continents. Watch the video from the presentation now on YouTube.

2022–2023 Season

Join us for another season of world-class concerts coming this fall. Subscription Packages of 3 or more programs are NOW ON SALE!


Watch selected excerpts from past BEMF operas now at our BEMF At Home page!

In a year with reduced capacities and expanded video production expenses, the generous support of our friends and patrons is more important than ever before. Please visit 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 For general questions, please email

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.


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.


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.

“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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