BEMF Opera

Boston Early Music Festival has earned a distinguished international reputation for reviving Baroque opera masterpieces with today’s leading operatic superstars and a wealth of instrumental talent. Infused with the latest information on period singing, orchestral performance, scenic design, costuming, dance, and staging, these performances take the form of full-scale spectacle operas, salon-style chamber operas, exceptional concert performances, national and international tours, radio and internet broadcasts, and acclaimed recording projects. BEMF operas reproduce the Baroque’s stunning palette of sound and sight, expertly led by Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, and creatively reimagined for the stage by Opera Director Gilbert Blin.

Visit our BEMF at Home page to enjoy videos and streaming audio from past BEMF productions.

“This is something special.”

-The New York Times

The fully-staged Festival Centerpiece Operas bring the glamorous world of Baroque opera to life for modern audiences, complete with a GRAMMY-winning roster of directors, an internationally-acclaimed cast of operatic stars, the all-star instrumentalists of our BEMF Orchestra, lavish period sets and costumes, astonishing special effects, and elegant Baroque dance.

“BEMF spares no effort when it stages opera.”


Since 2008, BEMF has brought our signature level of artistry and scholarship to smaller-scale Baroque operas with the annual Chamber Opera Series. Presented in Boston over Thanksgiving weekend, these intimate productions incorporate stunning costumes, Baroque staging and dance, and world-class musicianship. Past Chamber Opera Series productions have been featured on tour throughout North America, winning acclaim in New York City, Vancouver, Seattle, Kansas City, and more.