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Barcelona opera house reopens with performance to 2,292 plants
Opened in 1847, Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu opera house, or Liceu, is an opera house in Barcelona, Spain. There are 2,292 seats on 6 levels in the opera house, most of which are usually seated by music lovers. However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the theater had been closed for three months until this reopening concert took place on June 22. The UceLi Quartet string quartet performed Puccini's "Crisantemi" on the stage without face masks. They entered the stage and bowed to the audience but no applauds were given. When they finished the performance, no applauds were heard. Of course. Instead of the human audience, all the 2,292 seats were occupied by green plants! This unusual event was not only to commemorate the reopening of the theater but also to offer a perspective of the relationship between humans and nature. It was indeed a green concert.
You may wonder what happened to the plants after the concert. They are all handed to healthcare workers in a hospital.
Enjoy reading the article and watch the performance and audience of the famous opera house.