The opera of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona reopened on Monday and performed its first concert since the closing of the coronavirus, to an audience that did not have to worry about social distancing.
Instead of people, the UceLi Quartet performed Giacomo Puccini’s I Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) for 2,292 floors, one for each seat in the theater. The concert was also broadcast live for humans to see.
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The event was conceived by Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia, who said he was inspired by nature during the pandemic.
“I heard many more birds singing. And the plants in my garden and outside grow faster. And, no doubt, I thought that maybe now I could relate in a very intimate way with people and nature, ”he said before the presentation.
At the end of the eight-minute concert, the sound of leaves and branches blowing in the wind resounded throughout the opera house as applause.
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The theater says it will give the plants away to local health workers as thanks for their efforts during the pandemic. Spain’s national state of emergency was lifted on Sunday after three months of restrictions on movement and assembly.