2019 Festival | June 9–16, 2019

The 2019 Boston Early Music Festival has come to a close. Thank you to everyone who joined us in Boston! Save the dates for our next biennial Festival—June 6–13, 2021!

Immerse yourself in North America’s premier celebration of Early Music, with eight days of GRAMMY-winning opera, thrilling concerts, the world-famous Exhibition, and more! BEMF will celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2021 with another unforgettable week of opera, concerts, and more!



2019 Centerpiece Opera: Steffani’s Orlando
June 9, 12, 14 & 16 | In a world of knights and dragons, a tale of magic and mystery comes to life in the fully staged North American premiere of Agostino Steffani’s 1691 operatic masterpiece. LEARN MORE »

2019 Chamber Opera:VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain
June 15 in Boston | June 21 & 22 in The Berkshires | Enjoy two chamber operas by Charpentier and Lalande from the height of Louis XIV’s reign, exalting the splendor of the palace and its gardens, alongside divertissements from Lully’s AtysLEARN MORE »



7 Days of Festival Concerts
The 2019 Festival will feature lively and engaging concerts from Kristian Bezuidenhout, Sequentia, Stile Antico, Dunedin Consort, Doulce Mémoire, our own all-star BEMF Orchestra, and so much more. Plus the Organ and Keyboard Mini-Festivals! LEARN MORE »

Fringe Concerts
One of the most important features of every Festival is the remarkable array of Fringe Concerts by dozens of artists and ensembles from around the world. We are accepting applications now. LEARN MORE »



The World-Famous Exhibition
The heart of the Festival, our Exhibition is the largest Early Music trade show in North America, with makers of period instruments, music publishers, dealers in rare books, prints, and manuscripts, representatives from the finest conservatories, and more Early Music professionals. LEARN MORE »

Concurrent Events
Festival Week in Boston features a vast array of Concurrent Events, including lectures, Family Day, Dance Workshops, Performances Masterclasses, and more. LEARN MORE »