FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the 2023 Festival?

We are excited to return to Boston on June 4–11, 2023 for our 22nd biennial Festival—A Celebration of Women—featuring two extraordinary Baroque opera productions. In addition, we present a Concert Series in Boston and New York City every year.

What opera will be performed at the next Festival?

The Operatic Centerpiece will be an all-new, fully staged production of Henry Desmarest’s Circé, led by Musical Directors Paul O’Dette & Stephen Stubbs, and Stage Director Gilbert Blin. First performed in 1694 at the Paris Opera and written to a libretto by renowned poet Louise-Geneviève Gillot de Saintonge, Circé tells the story from Homer’s Odyssey of the encounter between the Sorceress and Ulysses.

The BEMF Chamber Opera Series will return to the 2023 Festival with an encore performance of our November 2018 production of Franscea Caccini’s Alcina. The first opera by a woman composer, this 1625 masterpiece is a brilliant entertainment, full of wit, magic, and drama. At the center of a struggle of illusion and destiny, the sorceress Alcina stands between the valiant magician Melissa and her quest to liberate the captives who Alcina has transformed into plants and trees to ornament her island.

Are tickets on sale for the 2023 Festival?

No. Tickets for the Festival Operas will go on sale later this year and tickets and subscription packages will go on sale in late fall.