2023 Festival | June 4–11, 2023

Save the dates for our next biennial Festival—June 4–11, 2023—A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN.

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 return to an in-person Festival in 2023 with another unforgettable week of opera, concerts, and more!

2023 Festival opera tickets go on sale in the summer of 2022 with the full schedule of concerts available in fall 2022.



2023 Centerpiece Opera: Circé
Music by Henry Desmarest (1661–1741)
Libretto by Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Saintonge (1650–1718)

2023 Chamber Opera: Alcina
Music by Francesca Caccini (1587–ca. 1641)
Libretto by Ferdinando Saracinelli (d. 1640)



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-Festivals!

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. Applications will open in late 2022.



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.

Concurrent Events
Festival Week in Boston features a vast array of Concurrent Events, including lectures, an Engaging Communities event, Dance Workshops, Performances Masterclasses, and more.