An Opera House Played a Concert for an Audience of Plants

Live music is one thing we miss most of all during the COVID-19 quarantine. There’s nothing quite like sitting down (or standing up) in your favorite venue and experiencing the sweet thrill of musical instruments and the talented people who bring their music to life.

The Gran Teatre del Liceu, an opera house in Barcelona, understands that particular sadness. That’s why the the UceLi Quartet performed a show at the venue for the safest possible audience: house plants. (News we learned via Vulture.)

A Barcelona quartet performs a concert for house plants.
Liceu Opera Barcelona

That’s right. On Monday, the opera house came alive with music from the quartet—music meant to fill the tendrils of the lush flora sat in seats typically reserved for human bodies.

Here’s a statement from the Gran Teatre de Liceu about the event:

“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 house plants aren’t just any house plants, either. The theatre plans to donate them to health care professionals working at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona. We can’t imagine a lovelier tribute than gifting the hard workers risking their safety and lives in a pandemic with a plant filled with the love of music.

You can watch the UceLit Quartet perform Puccini’s Crisantemi for the house plants in the video below.

Much love to the Gran Teatre de Liceu in Barcelona for their wonderful donation and for brining magic like this into all of our lives when we need it most.

Featured Image: Liceu Opera Barcelona on YouTube

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