Plants fill seats for Barcelon


Plants fill seats for Barcelona opera concert [video]

Barcelona’s Liceu opera house recently opened for its first concert since mid-March with nearly 3 000 potted plants in the audience.

Plants fill seats for Barcelon


After more than three months of silence, Barcelona’s Liceu opera house is seemingly ‘back in business’ with its first concert since mid-March and 3 000 potted plants in its audience.

According to NPR, the Gran Teatre del Liceu filled its 2 292 seats with plants for a performance by the UceLi Quartet, which it called a prelude to its 2020-2021 season. The string quartet serenaded its leafy audience with Giacomo Puccini’s Crisantemi, in a performance that was also made available to human listeners via live stream.

Recognising health workers

“After a strange, painful period, the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director and the curator Blanca de la Torre offer us a different perspective for our return to activity, a perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature,” a press release states further on the Liceu’s official website. “The Liceu, one of the largest and most important opera halls in the world, thus welcomes and leads a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music and nature as a letter of introduction to our return to activity.”

It’s said that the plants will subsequently be delivered to 2 292 healthcare professionals, specifically at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona, accompanied by a certificate from the artist.

Organisers wrote that they wanted to recognise the work of health care providers, who have served “on the toughest front in a battle unprecedented for our generations.”

Lifting a lockdown

Spain ended its national state of emergency on Sunday, lifting a lockdown that had been in place for three months. According to the country’s phased-in reopening plan, establishments such as theatres and cinemas can operate with capacity restrictions. It’s stated that the country has been one of the hardest hit by the world’s latest health pandemic with more than 28 000 deaths.

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