BEMF’s Video Spotlight

Sublime soprano Amanda Forsythe sings “Proverai di che fiere saette” from Handel’s Almira at the June 2013 Festival. Almira is the subject of BEMF’s latest recording on the CPO label, now available to purchase.

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

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

In response to growing concerns about coronavirus/COVID-19, BEMF will be temporarily closing our administrative office and remaining events in our 2019–2020 Season will not take place as scheduled. BEMF administrative staff will be working remotely for the immediate future. You can still purchase subscriptions for our 2020–2021 Season online. 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.

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2020/21 Season Announced

Subscribe today for another season of the world's most exciting Early Music artists and ensembles!
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Stile Antico

The performance featuring Stile Antico will not take place as planned on Saturday, April 18, 2020, due to continuing concerns with the coronavirus/COVID-19 and essential restrictions on public activities. They will return as part of our 2020/21 Season next February.
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A Springtime Soirée Postponed

BEMF's Springtime Soirée—originally scheduled for March 21, 2020—has been postponed due to concerns about the coronavirus/COVID-19.
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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 2020–2021 Season features some of the world's most exciting and engaging Early Music artists!

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2021 Festival

Celebrate 40 years of BEMF at our next Festival and Exhibition, June 6–13, 2021 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
2020 GRAMMY Nominee! The 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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The Boston Early Music Festival is supported in part by:

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