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Boston Early Music Festival has garnered a distinguished international reputation for its groundbreaking work in reviving Baroque opera masterpieces. The fully-staged Festival Operatic Centerpieces bring the glamorous world of Baroque opera to life for modern audiences, complete with an internationally-acclaimed cast of operatic stars, the Grammy-nominated BEMF Orchestra, lavish period sets and costumes, astonishing special effects, and fantastic Baroque dance. These historic presentations are now being preserved on CD through BEMF’s exquisite series of Baroque opera recordings, the first two of which earned Grammy nominations in the Best Opera category. Plans for releasing DVDs of future opera productions are in the works, allowing opera lovers across the globe to enjoy magnificent presentations.

During the 2008–2009 Concert Series, BEMF introduced its annual Chamber Opera Series, which highlights smaller-scale Baroque operas while showcasing local singers and instrumentalists. Led by our world-renowned artistic directors and accompanied by members of the BEMF Orchestra, these annual presentations further establish BEMF as a world-class presenter of Baroque opera.