Musicians perform to 2,292 potted plants in opera house as Spain lifts lockdown

A group of musicians has given their first performance – to an audience of potted plants.

They took to the stage after a Spanish opera house reopened its doors first time over three months since lockdown.

The concert was hosted yesterday at the Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house in Barcelona where a string quartet played to 2,292 plants in the neo-classical theatre.

It was also livestreamed on the opera house’s YouTube channel to human audience.

Video shared on social media shows the strings players – two violin players, a viola player and a cellist – play the beautiful piece “Chrysanthemum” by Italian composer Giacomo Puccini.

The plants, which were donated by local nurseries, have filled up the red-cushioned seats on all six levels of the theatre.

It will be donated to 2,292 healthcare professionals from the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona.

The 10-minute concert took place a day after Spain lifted its three-month state of emergency, was planned by Spanish conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia.

The plants will be sent to 2,292 healthcare workers at a Barcelona hospital

Eugenio said after the event that he was inspired by the connection he had developed with nature during the coronavirus pandemic.

He explained: “I watched what was going on with nature during all this time.

“I heard many more birds singing. And the plants in my garden and outside growing faster.

“And, without a doubt, I thought that maybe I could now relate in a much more intimate way with people and nature.”

Opera house, The Liceu, says on its website: “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.”

The country’s reopening plans allow venues such as theatres and cinemas to operate, with limits on capacity to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Spain has been one of the worst-affected nations, with a record of 28,323 deaths and 246,272 coronavirus cases.


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