2021 FESTIVAL

2021 Festival | June 6–13, 2021

For 40 years, the Boston Early Music Festival has been North America’s leading celebration of Early Music, and 2021 will be no exception!

Our 21st biennial Festival—themed Music of Solace & Joy—brings our signature opera, concerts, Exhibition, and Fringe Concerts online with a Virtual Festival open to our many devoted fans around the world. Enjoy archival video of our own Centerpiece Opera and Chamber Opera productions, 14 exclusive concert performances, a virtual presentation of our world-famous Exhibition, plus so much more.

Tickets are NOW ON SALE!

Even though the 2021 Festival events premiered June 6–13, almost all events—paid and free—are still available! A full subscription to enjoy all 16 paid events is ONLY $150 per individual or household! Tickets to individual performances range from $10 to $25. They won't be available forever—you can only watch most events through the end of the day on Sunday, July 11, 2021.

We've posted an extensive guide to how Virtual Tickets will work, along with a free, sample event you can use to test out your home streaming configuration. Learn more »

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FESTIVAL OPERA

The Operatic Centerpiece of this Virtual Festival will be our first archival video presentation of one of BEMF’s signature, fully staged Baroque opera productions. For this exciting occasion, we have selected the dazzling spectacle of our 2017 production of Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise. Join four star-crossed lovers as they indulge in the aural and visual delights of the Carnival season, which features enchanting dances, a colorful parade of beautiful, period-inspired costumes, and magnificent sets. Accompanying this enthralling tour-de-force, our GRAMMY-winning BEMF Chamber Opera Series returns with our 2014 production of Pergolesi’s La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo. Humor and love abound in these delightfully witty masterpieces.

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FESTIVAL CONCERTS

In addition to the Festival Operas, the week will boast a series of new, specially filmed and recorded concert programs from some of the world’s leading artists and ensembles. Enjoy performances from our own all-star BEMF Vocal & Chamber Ensembles, soprano Amanda Forsythe, Doulce Mémoire, ACRONYM, L’Achéron Consort, and others. LEARN MORE »

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EXHIBITION AND MORE!

Since 1981, the heart of the Boston Early Music Festival has been our world-famous Exhibition. This year, instead of the joyful, buzzing cacophony of the Marriott ballrooms, we will make space on our website for virtual booths—a place for you to learn about some of the industry's new and leading instrument builders and service organizations and browse photos and videos of their offerings. LEARN MORE »

Check out the Festival Schedule for the full list of concurrent events all week long!