The headline “Barcelona Opera Reopens With An Audience Of Plants” caught my eye, looking at the picture it seemed someone had done just that, an entire audience of potted plants. Why I hear you ask? Well, it happens to be an installation by Spanish conceptual artist Eugenio Ampudia. After some planning, it opened the day after lockdown officially ended in Spain on Sunday the 21st of June. The Barcelona Opera has of course been closed due to the lockdown and it seems they are using it as a prelude to their coming 20/21 seasons. The UceLi quartet played Puccini’s “Crisantemi” to a packed house for the first time in months. The sight itself is actually quite incredible and people were able to access the stream live in order to experience “it the moment.” The video is readily available but I will include it below from the Gran Teatre del Liceu’s YouTube channel.
It is a truly unique project and one which highlights the plight of opera houses; Barcelona has a long history of arts and culture and the pandemic has been less than kind to their situation. It will be interesting to see whether any of the opera and theatre buildings in the UK will allow anything similar or maybe the exhibition might make a visit? Although there are some misgivings as to the significance of the plants personally I think it’s a beautiful way of sharing music via e-concert.