Music to Barcelona’s legendary Gran Teatre del Liceu on Monday with a string quartet playing to an audience made up entirely of house plants.
The Liceu on La Rambla reopened on Monday for its first concert since the venue was forced to close in mid-March. But instead of people filling the 2292 seats of the beloved Catalan landmark, it was leafy house plants that enjoyed a day at the opera. They filled out the auditorium, including boxes and balconies, for a musical performance by the UceLi Quartet who performed Giacomo Puccini’s Crisantemi, while human audiences were invited to listen at home via livestream.
Some studies have indicated that playing music to plants can promote healthier growth but that’s not the reason why plants were there. The intention instead was to highlight how, in lockdown, we have become “an audience deprived of the possibility of being an audience,” Víctor García de Gomar, the Liceu’s artistic director, told the Guardian.
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