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Songs for succulents: Barcelona opera house reopens with plant concert

The "Concert for the Biocene" was enabled by the end of Spain's state of emergency on Sunday. It was to feature a string quartet playing Italian composer Giacomo Puccini's "Chrysanthemum", chosen for its requiem-like sadness.

By: Reuters | Madrid | Published: June 23, 2020 12:38:27 pm
opera house open for plants, orchestra perform for plants, barcelona opera, opera plant concert, odd news, viral news, spain news, indian express Plants are seen placed in people’s seats during a rehearsal as Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu opera reopens its doors with a concert for plants to raise awareness about the importance of an audience after the lockdown. (Source: Reuters)

Barcelona’s Liceu opera reopened its doors on Monday for the first time in over three months to hold a concert – exclusively for a quiet, leafy audience of nearly 2,300 house plants.

Organisers said the intention was to reflect on the absurdity of the human condition in the era of the coronavirus, which deprives people of their position as spectators.

“Nature advanced to occupy the spaces we snatched from it,” executive producer Eugenio Ampudio said on stage at an afternoon rehearsal, where 2,292 nursery plants already occupied every seat before the evening concert.

“Can we extend our empathy? Let’s begin with art and music, in a great theatre, by inviting nature in,” he added inside the eclectic, neo-classical venue that is one of Europe’s largest.

After the concert, to be live streamed from here, the plants will be donated to frontline health workers.

The “Concert for the Biocene” was enabled by the end of Spain’s state of emergency on Sunday. It was to feature a string quartet playing Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s “Chrysanthemum”, chosen for its requiem-like sadness.

After the concert, to be live streamed from the venue, the plants will be donated to frontline health workers, who have been fighting the pandemic around Spain. (Source: Reuters)

The Liceu said it hoped the show would reaffirm the value of art, music and nature and serve as a roadmap for returning to normal activity after the pandemic.

“We are at the end of an entire era and I think that matters a lot,” added Ampudio. “I feel closer to myself being close to plants … And I feel much closer to people than before, even though I can’t hug them.”

Spain has been one of the worst-affected nations, with 28,323 deaths and 246,272 cases of the COVID-19 disease so far.

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