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Barcelona Reopens Opera with Green Audience

If you’ve ever been worried about performing for an ungrateful crowd, I have good news for you…plants have taken their place! These oxygen-producing green beings are better listeners than any other species. And that’s exactly what Barcelona’s opera, the Liceu, was counting on for its first concert after the city’s reopening.

The Gran Teatre del Liceu filled its 2,292 seats with plants for a performance by the UceLi Quartet, who serenaded its leafy audience with Giacomo Puccini’s “Crisantemi” as a prelude to its 2020-21 season. Humans, even though they didn’t get the VIP treatment, were invited to stream it. This is one of the best initiatives  (along with Andrea Bocceli’s concert at Milan’s cathedral) to spread beautiful classical music in a time of crisis.

“After a strange, painful period, 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,” according to a release on the Liceu’s website.

The plants came from local nurseries and will be donated along with a certificate from the artist to 2,292 health care professionals who after risking their lives, definitely deserve a gift in the form of greenery.

What do you think about this unique audience? Let us know in the comments below.

Photo Credit: Emilio Morenatti/AP

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