Video Spotlight

The 2021 Boston Early Music Festival—Music of Solace & Joy—is going VIRTUAL with a full week of opera, concerts, and more! The Operatic Centerpiece of this Virtual Festival will be our first archival video presentation of one of BEMF’s signature, fully staged Baroque opera productions: our 2017 production of Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise.

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

Upcoming Virtual Events

Photo by Kathy Wittman

2021 Virtual Festival

The 2021 Boston Early Music Festival—Music of Solace & Joy—is going VIRTUAL with a full week of opera, concerts, and more! The schedule has just been announced and tickets go on sale later this spring.
June 6–13, 2021

Ensemble Correspondances

Sébastian Daucé and Ensemble Correspondances are joined by the hauntingly expressive voice of Lucile Richardot in a showcase of English songs from the politically turbulent 17th century. 
Saturday, 4/24

BEMF at Home

Enjoy a special excerpt from Campra's Le Carnaval de Venise, featuring Orfeo nell'Inferi—an "opera-within-an-opera" based on the Orpheus myth.

We remain committed to compensating the world-class artists who bring these performances to life, now more than ever. We are profoundly grateful for the support of our devoted fans and friends around the world who make these programs possible. Please visit BEMF.org/support 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 corey@bemf.org. For general questions, please email bemf@bemf.org.

Join us for our 2021 Virtual Festival—June 6–13!

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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2021 Festival

Our 21st bienneial Festival and Exhibition goes virtual—June 6–13, 2021.
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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.


“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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