2023 Festival | June 4–11, 2023

Thank you for joining us for the June 2023 Boston Early Music Festival—A Celebration of Women—and our 2023 Virtual Festival. Save the dates for our 23rd biennial Festival—June 8–15, 2025.

The viewing period for the 2023 Virtual Festival has now ended, but two events can still be enjoyed on YouTube. Learn more here »



2023 Centerpiece Opera: Circé
After the divine sorceress Circé welcomes Ulisse and his weary companions to her island home, the forces of love, magic, and fate clash and threaten to ensare them all. First performed in 1694 at the Paris Opera, Circé features a libretto by renowned poet Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Saintonge. Be captivated as this epic adventure comes to life on stage with opulent, period-inspired costumes, brilliant Baroque dance, breathtaking sets, and utterly gorgeous music. LEARN MORE »

2023 Chamber Opera: Alcina
Francesca Caccini was one of the most important musical figures in Florence during the earliest years of opera as an art form, and in 1625, she created the first opera by a woman composer, La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’isola d’Alcina. At the center of this brilliant, witty entertainment is a struggle of illusion and destiny as the sorceress Alcina stands between the valiant magician Melissa and her quest to save the warrior Ruggiero. LEARN MORE »



7 Days of Festival Concerts
The 2023 Festival will feature lively and engaging concerts Early Music's most exciting artists and ensembles—from legendary superstars to emerging talents. Plus the Organ and Keyboard Mini-Festival!



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 Family Day, lectures, an Engaging Communities event, Dance Workshops, Performances Masterclasses, and more. LEARN MORE »