BEMF’s Video Spotlight

Superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky performing the hauntingly beautiful “Sfere amiche” from Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe at the 2011 Festival. He returns to BEMF this November in a sublime concert program featuring Italian Baroque masterworks inspired by the Orpheus legend, joining with the all-star BEMF Chamber Ensemble and soprano Amanda Forsythe.

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

Upcoming Concerts at BEMF!

Individual tickets are now on sale for Boston Early Music Festival’s 2019–2020 Season! Celebrate our 30th Anniversary of presenting the most engaging and exciting artists from around the globe.


"La Storia di Orfeo"

BEMF reunites with superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky and sublime soprano Amanda Forsythe for a gorgeous concert pastiche of the Orpheus legend. THANKSGIVING WEEKEND in Boston!
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The Tallis Scholars

Celebrate the holidays in high style with the legendary voices of the Tallis Scholars: Friday, December 6 in Harvard Square.
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2019/20 Season

The 2019/20 Season is here! Enjoy concerts with Jordi Savall, the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Stile Antico and more. Save 10% when you purchase 3 or more programs!
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Save the dates for our next biennial Festival—June 6–13, 2021!

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

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2019 Festival

Thank you for joining us 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.


Charpentier's Les Plaisirs de Versailles & Les Arts Florissants
2020 GRAMMY Nominee! The BEMF Chamber Opera series returns to the music of Marc-Antoine Charpentier with a new recording of two chamber operas by the French Baroque master.


“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