Video Spotlight

BEMF opens our Fall/2020 Season of Virtual Events on Friday, October 16 with Nevermind performing music by Bach, Telemann, and Marais.

The video remain available until the end of the day on October 30.

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

Sharing the Music!

While we are not able to present the events we had planned this fall, we remain committed to SHARING THE MUSIC! We have worked closely with two beloved guest ensembles as well as the incredible directors and artists of our own BEMF Chamber Opera Series to present FOUR EXCLUSIVE BROADCASTS. All these are being made available for FREE to BEMF audiences.



BEMF's Fall/2020 series of Virtual Events opens with the engaging and virtuosic quartet Nevermind! Enjoy chamber music by Telemann, Marias, and J. S. Bach.
Friday, October 16

Looking Back at Orpheus

The Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Opera Series returns on Thanksgiving Weekend for a 2-Day Streaming Event!
November 27 & 29

The Tallis Scholars

A BEMF tradition for 31 consecutive seasons, Peter Phillips leads these legendary singers in music for Christmas season written to invoke and honor the Virgin Mary.
Friday, December 11

We remain committed to compensating the world-class artists who bring these performances to life, now more than ever. While we will present these four events free of charge, donations are deeply appreciated. We are profoundly grateful for the support of our devoted fans and friends around the world. 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

Save the dates for our next biennial Festival—June 9–13, 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.


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

Celebrate 40 years of BEMF at our next Festival and Exhibition, June 8–13, 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 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 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