Barcelona’s Liceu opera house reopens – for a rather special audience

Barcelona Gran Teatre del Liceu. foto: Jordi Play.

A little bit of unusual news from me today which will make you smile – and maybe think.

There will be a short concert next Monday at Barcelona’s magnificent Liceu opera house The audience for the next production at Barcelona’s Liceu are rather unusual.

They will be carried in to the auditorium. They will be given a small drink. And they will listen to some Puccini from the Uceli String Quartet, distanced around the Liceu’s vast stage. At the end of the concert, the artists will not expect any applause – for the audience are incapable of doing so.

Because this singular audience will comprise entirely of 2292 plants.

The concert will also be livestreamed so that an online human audience can enjoy the music.

The music chosen includes Puccini’s ‘Crisantemi’ (Chrysanthemums). How apt!

The concert is the brainchild of conceptual artist, Eugenio Ampudia, who wanted it to reflect the fact that as the virus has forced humans to abandon public gathering spaces, nature has slowly begun to creep into those spaces.

After the concert, the plants will be gifted to 2292 health workers to thank them for their part in tackling the Coronavirus crisis in the Catalan region.

The quartet have requested no flowers at the end of the concert.

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