Musicians perform in front of PLANTS at Barcelona's Gran Teatre

We’re potty for opera! Musicians perform in front of PLANTS at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu in bizarre bid to bring back audiences after lockdown

  • Organisers said the intention was to reflect on the absurdity of the human condition in the coronavirus era 
  • 2,292 nursery plants occupied every seat of the venue ahead of evening concert which will be live streamed
  • The concert will feature a string quartet playing Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Chrysanthemum’ 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu opera reopened its doors for the first time in over three months today 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 has stopped people from enjoying performances and opera. 

After the concert, which will be live streamed this evening, the plants will be donated to frontline health workers. 

‘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.

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

The ‘Concert for the Biocene’ was allowed to go ahead following the end of Spain’s state of emergency on Sunday. It will feature a string quartet playing Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Chrysanthemum’.

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.  

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

Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu reopened its doors for the first time in over three months today to hold a concert – exclusively for a quiet, leafy audience of nearly 2,300 house plants. Pictured is a rehearsal 

Nursery 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

After the concert, which will be live streamed this evening, the plants will be donated to frontline health workers. Spain has been hit hard by the pandemic 

The ‘Concert for the Biocene’ was enabled by the end of Spain’s state of emergency on Sunday. The country has one of the highest death rates in Europe 

The concert this evening will feature a string quartet (pictured) playing Italian composer Giacomo Puccini’s ‘Chrysanthemum’

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

‘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

The Uceli Quartet perform for an audience made of plants during a concert created by Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia and that will be later streamed to mark the reopening of the Liceu Grand Theatre in Barcelona

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

Executive producer Eugenio Ampudio speaks about the event today. After the concert the plants will be delivered to healthcare professionals

Musicians from the UceLi Quartet, a string quartet, perform ‘Crisantemi’ by Puccini for an audience made up of 2,292 plants in Barcelona today 

A string quartet performs in front of more than 2,200 nursery plants in the audience’s seats at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona

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