Barcelona Opera Reopens For An Audience Of Over 2,000 Houseplants

You have to see it to be-leaf it.

Things are slowly and cautiously getting back to normal as the guidelines put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic are loosened. Although retailers and restaurants are further along in the reopening process, music venues face a greater struggle as they typically house thousands of people within close proximity. Well, Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceu found a creative solution to their reopening issue and put on a performance for an audience chlorophyll-ed with over 2,000 houseplants.

On Monday evening, the UceLi Quartet performed the opera’s house first concert since mid-March and in each of the 2,292 seats was a vibrant, verdant, vivacious houseplant. In a release the theater said ““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 Liceu, one of the largest and most important opera halls in the world, thus welcomes and leads a highly symbolic act that defends the value of art, music and nature as a letter of introduction to our return to activity.”

The greenhouse opera house won’t be filled with fauna for long as each of the 2,292 houseplants will be donated to healthcare workers at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. Which is probably good news for the poor sap who thought he’d have to spend his day watering everything from orchestra to mezzanine.

Check out highlights from the unbe-leaf-able concert below!

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