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Boston Early Music Festival


Founded in 1981, the biennial Boston Early Music Festival is North America's premier celebration of Early Music, showcasing engaging performances of masterpieces from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods. Over 15,000 music lovers converge on historic Boston for a weeklong event featuring fully-staged Baroque opera, lively concerts from the world's finest artists and ensembles, a 4-day Exhibition gathering Early Music professionals from across the globe, and dozens of concurrent events and fringe concerts all week-long.

The centerpiece of each Festival is a fully-staged opera production featuring dazzling costumes, breathtaking sets, and gorgeous period staging. BEMF’s GRAMMY Award-winning Musical Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs and Stage Director Gilbert Blin are dedicated to unearthing lesser-known gems of the Baroque – many of them North American premieres – bringing them to life on the BEMF stage with critically acclaimed singers, Baroque dancers, and our own all-star BEMF Orchestra.

In addition to the biennial Festival, BEMF presents an annual concert series in Boston and New York City, has won numerous accolades for a series of Baroque opera recordings, and tours regularly. For nearly four decades, BEMF’s commitment to excellence has helped establish Boston as North America’s capitol of Early Music.

For full information, visit the Boston Early Music Festival website.

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Demons and monsters: Rameau at the Boston Early Music Festival

The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra led by Robert Mealy, with soprano Emőke Baráth and dancers Caroline Copeland and Pierre-François Dollé, showcase Rameau's vitality and originality.
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BEMF presents La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo

A riotous double bill of Pergolesi at the Boston Early Music Festival.
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Handel’s La Resurrezione brought blazingly to life

Handel's La Resurrezione, anchored the Boston Early Music Festival’s Thursday programs in a dramatic reading by many of the same forces performing Campra’s La Carnaval de Venise.
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