BEMF’s Video Spotlight

Superstar countertenor Philippe Jaroussky performings the hauntingly beautiful “Sfere amiche” from Steffani’s Niobe, Regina di Tebe at the 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

Coming up at BEMF!

Join us to celebrate the Boston Early Music Festival’s 30th Anniversary Concert Season starting this fall. Plus, don’t forget to pick up our latest CD featuring Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles and Les Arts Florissants.

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2019–2020 Season

Don't miss our 30th Anniversary Season—starting this fall in Boston. Subscribe today and enjoy performances with Jordi Savall, Philippe Jarousskey, The Tallis Scholars, and so many more!
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Returning 2019 Festival Artists!

Our 2019–2020 Season features a number of returning artists from our June 2019 Festival, including: Vox Luminis, recorder virtuoso Stefan Temmingh, Stile Antico, and more.
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Our latest CD

NOW AVAILABLE: Enjoy a CD with two chamber operas by Charpentier, Les Plaisirs de Versailles & Les Arts Florissants
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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.

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Baroque Opera

“An absolute delight.” —The New York Times

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Celebrated Concerts

Our 2019–2020 Season celebrates 30 years of bring Boston 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.

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Charpentier's Les Plaisirs de Versailles & Les Arts Florissants
The GRAMMY-winning 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.

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“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