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Festival: Boston Early Music Festival


June 9 - 16, 2019

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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BEMF presents La serva padrona and Livietta e Tracollo

Amanda Forsythe (Serpina), Douglas Williams (Uberto), and Carlos Fittante (BEMF Dance Company) © Kathy Wittman
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 © Kathy Wittman
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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Campra capers: Le Carnaval de Venise

David Evans, Jesse Blumberg and Ryaan Ahmed © Kathy Wittman
With Lully’s death in 1687 and Louis XIV’s increasing immersion in religious piety under the influence of Madame de Maintenon, the court ceased to exercise a strangle hold on opera.
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Paul O'Dette; Stephen Stubbs; Gilbert Blin; Anna Watkins; Aaron Sheehan

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Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Dunedin Consort; Kristian Bezuidenhout; Hugo Hymas; Matthew Brook

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Mad Rush: Fever dreams of 17th-century Italy
Monteverdi, Strozzi, Peri, Cavalli
Zachary Wilder; Josep Maria Martí Duran

BostonBach & Les Goûts Réünis

Bach & Les Goûts Réünis
Luca Guglielmi, Harpsichord

BostonJ. S. Bach: The Arnstadt Connection

J. S. Bach: The Arnstadt Connection
Buxtehude, Bach J.M., Bach J.C., Bach
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