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Video Spotlight

On Saturday, October 16, BEMF returned to live performances with the all-star singers and instrumentalists of the BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles performing selections from Monteverdi's late-vocal works on the subject of love. If you missed out, you can still purchase tickets to the virtual premiere on October 30!


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Early Music event in the world." —BBC Radio 3

2021–2022 Season: NOW ON SALE!

The last year and a half have brought unprecedented challenges and all of us at BEMF are profoundly grateful for the support and encouragement of our global fan base. 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 »


BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles
Virtual Premiere: October 30

GRAMMY-winning Musical Directors Paul O'Dette and Stephen Stubbs lead an all-star collection of singers and instrumentalists in selections from Monteverdi's late vocal works on the subject of love.

Sunday, November 14

BEMF welcomes back Renaissance wind ensemble Piffaro for a compositional journey featuring a vibrant selection of Renaissance counterpoint from Josquin, Morales, Gabrieli, and many others.

BEMF Chamber Opera Series
November 27 & 28

Explore the depth of Telemann's genius with a fascinating pairing of comedy and drama with the GRAMMY Award-winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series!

As we enter 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.

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

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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

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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.

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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.


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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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