Flowers Instead of an Audience: Barcelona Opera Held the First Concert after Quarantine

 

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Undoubtedly lockdown has completely changed people’s lives. Together with them, the whole world has changed. Somewhere the quarantine is very strict, but in some places, the restrictions have already been eased. Anyway, large gatherings of people will still be banned for some time. But what about art? What kind of art can exist during a lockdown? You know, any! The art should live!

The Gran Teatre del Liceu celebrated it’s lockdown ending with an unusual concert. Instead of listeners, thousands of plants have taken the role of an audience in the hall. Pots with plants were placed on the seats. Thus, the organizers of the concert wanted to emphasize the importance of the public, art, and nature for musicians. Even though people cannot gather to listen to it, art must still exist and develop. A string quartet played the concert to 2292 «listeners.»

The artistic director of the opera house proposed and organized this unusual idea. Later, Eugenio Ampudia commented on this idea, explaining that during the lockdown, he became closer to nature and was able to realize all the beauty. Even the birds sang louder – said Eugenio. Perhaps this slowdown just helped to notice things that were previously ignored.

Although quarantine restrictions have come to an end, this doesn’t mean freedom of gatherings. People still won’t be able to get together and visit cinemas, theaters, and other places of art for a while. With this concert, the musicians wanted to show that art always lives despite everything – it will find a way to the hearts of people, even in the period of such restrictions. Thus, the concert was broadcasted online so that everyone could enjoy all the unusualness and beauty of this event.

Where did they get so many plants? «Green guests» were donated by plant shops. The organizers had plans to reward each health worker with such a flower to thank them for their courage in these difficult times. It is important to value each other and love nature. The quarantine proves once again that it is more important than ever to be people who are compassionate and understanding. We don’t know what will be in the future, but we still hope that this world will be kind to us.

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