Video Spotlight

On Friday, October 28, world-renowned countertenor superstar Philippe Jaroussky makes a triumphant return to BEMF to open the 2022–2023 Season leading his Ensemble Artaserse in a beguiling program of opera arias and instrumental interludes.

Watch his extraordinary performance of "Sfere amiche" from Steffani's Niobe, Regina di Tebe at the 2011 Boston Early Music Festival!


"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 »


2022–2023 Season

Join us for another season of world-class concerts coming this fall. Tickets and Subscription Packages are NOW ON SALE!

Philippe Jaroussky returns to BEMF!

BEMF's 2022–2023 Season opens with superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky performing a beguiling selection of operatic arias by Handel, Vivaldi, and others with Ensemble Artaserse. Tickets are on sale now!
Friday, October 28

BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns this fall

The GRAMMY Award–winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns to the French Baroque with music by Lully and Charpentier—Thanksgiving weekend in Boston and on tour to Miami and New York City!

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.

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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.


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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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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