Video Spotlight

Aaron Sheehan (Orlando) sings the achingly lovelorn “In quest’alma” From BEMF’s 2019 Centerpiece Opera, Steffani’s Orlando. Enjoy more vidoes and streaming audio on our new “BEMF at Home” page.

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

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Updates

The Boston Early Music Festival is suspending subscription sales for our 2020/21 Season, effective immediately. While we still hope to share nine spectacular programs with you, there is simply too much uncertainty caused by the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic for us to continue selling subscription packages at this time. LEARN MORE »

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.

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2020/21 Season

The Boston Early Music Festival is suspending subscription sales for our 2020/21 Season, effective immediately.
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BEMF at Home

Enjoy videos and streaming audio as we all stay at home.
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Almira on CD!

BEMF's latest CD is a recording of Handel's first opera—Almira!
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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 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 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