Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house reopened last June 22 for the first time after the lockdown due the COVID-19 pandemic.
It performed to an audience of plants, as part of the opera house’s observance of social distancing measures.
The UceLi Quartet played Giacomo Puccini’s I Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) for 2,292 plants. Each plant occupied each seat in the theater.
Nonetheless, humans who want to watch the performance can stream it online.
Víctor García de Gomar, Liceu’s artistic director, said the concert aims to present the current condition of society.
People are inside their houses and do not have the privilege to meet the people they love and enjoy music with them.
He said the lockdown made people become “an audience deprived of the possibility of being an audience.”
Further, in a statement, the organizers of the opera house wanted to “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.”
Meanwhile, the opera house bought the plants from nearby nurseries. After the performance, the staff will donate a plant to a hospital worker working in hospitals in Barcelona.
As of June 30, Spain has 248,770 COVID-19 cases, with 28,343 reported deaths.