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2019 Festival | June 9-16, 2019
Agostino Steffani's Orlando

Welcome to the June 2019 Boston Early Music Festival!

Immerse yourself in what The Times, London hails as "The world's leading festival of early music," June 9–16, 2019 in Boston. This weeklong celebration of Early Music, themed Dreams & Madness, will be the 20th biennial Festival since the organization’s founding in 1981.

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“BEMF spares no effort when it stages opera.”
—BachTrack

FESTIVAL OPERAS

Steffani's Orlando
Delight in a captivating tale of intrigue and magic, with enchanted castles, an opulent foreign court, estranged lovers, a lecherous king, and a scheming wizard. Steffani’s stunning theatricality comes to life with gorgeous, period-inspired costumes, brilliant sets, breathtaking flying machines, and truly ravishing music.
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VERSAILLES: Portrait of a Royal Domain
Enjoy a musical feast from the height of Louis XIV's reign with two chamber operas—Charpentier’s Les Plaisirs de Versailles and Lalande’s Les Fontaines de Versailles—exalting the splendor and majesty of the palace and its gardens, alongside divertissements from Lully’s Atys.
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FESTIVAL OPERAS ARE ON SALE NOW! LEARN MORE »

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Other events include:

FESTIVAL CONCERTS

7 days of incredible concerts
FESTIVAL CONCERTS JUST ANNOUNCED! Each Festival presents a series of concerts showcasing the most accomplished artists and ensembles in Early Music. Experience a thrilling journey in a diverse selection of engaging musical programs.
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Fringe Concerts
One of the most important features of every Festival is the remarkable array of Fringe Concerts from dozens of artists and ensembles from around the world. We are accepting applications now.
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EXHIBITION

The World-famous Exhibition
The heart of the Festival is our world-famous Exhibition, the premiere early music trade show in North America and among the largest in the world.
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