Video Spotlight

Celebrate the season in high style as The Tallis Scholars return to BEMF for their 34th consecutive season! After two years of virtual performances, we are thrilled to be welcoming back this extraordinary ensemble to Harvard Square on Friday, December 9 and streaming online December 16-30.


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

Join us for our 2022–2023 Season—all presented in person AND available for virtual viewing. Learn more about Virtual Tickets »

The Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars- December 9

Celebrate the season with the legendary voices of The Tallis Scholars, Friday, December 9 in Harvard Square, Cambridge.

BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns!

The GRAMMY Award–winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns to the French Baroque with music by Lully and Charpentier—on tour to Aventura, Florida and New York City this week!

2023 Festival Operas are NOW ON SALE!

Tickets are now available for the June 2023 Festival's Centerpiece Opera and Chamber Opera!

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 For general questions, please email

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. Tickets for the 2023 Festival Operas are NOW ON SALE!
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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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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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