Barcelona Opera Opens After Months of Lockdown by Performing a Concert For Over 2,000 Plants as Audience

The coronavirus pandemic has imposed a lockdown across the world, forcing the shutdown of restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and many other public places. But as gradually things open up around the world, social distancing has to be followed. 

After Spain opened its three-month lockdown this week, an opera in Barcelona had an interesting opening concert. 

The Gran Teatre del Liceu ensured they had a full audience in the first performance of the season, of over 2,000 potted plants. 

Another beautiful gesture that they have is all the plants will be given to healthcare workers at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Pictures and video of this unique concert have been shared online.

The Gran Teatre del Liceu filled its 2,292 seats with potted plants picked up from local nurseries. 

They had a performance by the UceLi Quartet which at the same time was held on live streaming for a human audience. The idea was to show a perspective that brings us closer to nature. All these plants will be donated with a certificate from the artist to the health care professionals in order to recognize their efforts in this battle against coronavirus. 

"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," read their press release.

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