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Not the Typical Audience


Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu finally opened as COVID-19 restrictions are being relaxed in Spain, and its first concert played to a packed house -- of houseplants.

Footage of Monday night's concert is now online.

Before a quartet of musicians took their seats, the organizers of the performance -- watched by 2,292 plants in the theater's seats instead of people -- cheekily advised the audience to mute their cellphones.

According to a release from the Liceu, "Concierto para el bioceno" -- the Concert for New Life" -- featured Puccini’s "Crisantemi" for a very green audience.

The event was the brainchild of visual artist Víctor Garcia de Gomar to celebrate the concert hall's reopening in the wake of pandemic lockdowns.

The 2,292 plants were culled from local nurseries, and were afterward donated to healthcare professionals at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona.

"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 concert hall's website explained.

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