Barcelona Opera House Reopens for a Packed Audience – of Plants

June 28, 2020 at 8:33 pm

Since they couldn’t play for humans, a string quartet serenaded an opera house full of plants

Barcelona’s Gran Teatre del Liceuo opera house has been closed for over three months due to COVID-19.

In preparation for reopening to 50% capacity, a string quartet gave a practice performance for 2300 house plants last week.

They filled every seat in the opera house, including the balcony seats.

The happy plants even gave a “standing ovation” at the end, with wind blowing their leaves so they appeared to be clapping, while an applause sound track played on the speakers.

Watch the VIDEO HERE.

The music starts out sad and slow and ends on an upbeat, hopeful note.

“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 opera house wrote on their website.

“Plant music — an obscure genre from the Seventies — has made somewhat of a comeback, beginning with the 2019 reissue of Mort Garson’s cult classic Plantasia,” notes Rolling Stone magazine.

“The genre, which was spurred from the 1973 book The Secret Life of Plants, argued that plants are sentient creatures who can benefit from listening to music.”

The plants were purchased from local nurseries and donated to healthcare professionals after the concert.