Barcelona’s Liceu Opera House reopened on Monday for it’s first concert since mid-March due to the pandemic, however in a twist of events, the 2292 seats of the ‘Gran Teatre del Liceu’ were filled with plants instead of people. This “strange and painful period” inspired the creator, the Liceu’s artistic director and the curator Blanca de la Torre to offer a different aspect of their return to activity. “A perspective that brings us closer to something as essential as our relationship with nature,” according to a release on the Liceu’s website.
The string quartet serenaded it’s leafy audience with Giacomo Puccini’s “Crisantemi” in a performance that was also made available to human listeners via livestream.
“Being one of the largest and most important opera halls in the world, this signifies a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music and nature as a letter of introduction to our return to activity,” the opera house wrote. In addition to contributing to a truly unique setting, the plants will further benfit the capital by being donated along with a certificate from the artist to 2,292 health care professionals, specifically at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona.