BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Gran Teatre del Liceu Opera House in Barcelona reopened on Monday and gave its first concert since coronavirus blockage – for an audience who needn’t worry about social distance.
Instead of people, the UceLi Quartet played Giacomo Puccini’s I Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) for 2,292 plants, one for each seat in the theater. The concert was also streamed live for people to see.
The event was conceived by Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia, who said he was inspired by nature during the pandemic.
“I heard many more birds singing. And the plants in my garden and outside grow faster. And I undoubtedly thought that maybe now I could deal with people and nature in a much more intimate way, ”he said before the performance.
At the end of the eight-minute concert, the sound of leaves and branches blowing in the wind resonated like applause through the opera house.
The theater says it will donate the plants to local health workers as a thank you for their efforts during the pandemic. Spain’s national emergency was lifted on Sunday after three months of restrictions on movement and erection.
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