Video Spotlight

Renowned for their passion and elegance, Ensemble Correspondances returned to BEMF with a program showcasing Buxtehude's Membra Jesu nostri alongside sacred motets by Schütz and Buxtehude. This Virtual Concert is available NOW! Purchase by May 26 and watch until May 27.

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

As we return to in-person performances, we are committed to honoring your faith in us with responsible programming available to audiences in Boston and around the world. Learn more about our COVID-19 Safety Protocols at upcoming concerts, including vaccine and mask requirements »

We are excited to welcome back some of our favorite artists for our 2021–2022 Season—all presented in person AND available for virtual viewing. Learn more about Virtual Tickets »

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Ensemble Correspondances:
Virtual Concert Now Available

Sébastien Daucé leads a program showcasing sacred music by Buxtehude and Schütz.
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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!
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Recorders Beyond Borders

On Saturday, June 4, Recorders Beyond Borders returns with an exciting virtual event featuring young recorder players from four continents.
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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 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.

Engaging Communities

Recorders Beyond Borders returns for 2022 with an exciting new program featuring young recorder players from four continents.

Recorders Beyond Borders

For our 2022 Recorders Beyond Borders event, young musicians from the United States, Kenya, Brazil, and the Netherlands engage with songs from these many traditions, performing them for each other, and for you on Saturday, June 4 at 10am (ET).

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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“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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"A constant delight of anticipation." —The Wall Street Journal