Greta Thunberg’s Mother Is A Famous Swedish Singer
Except if you are Donald Trump, you probably think that Greta Thunberg is an extraordinary young person. The 16-year old climate activist is the youngest person to have become Time’s person of the year, and I hope she won’t be reduced to some stupid meme by our more stupid president.
But there’s another thing you should know about Greta: her mom, Malena Ernman, is a famous Swedish opera singer. She is one of Sweden’s best-known mezzo-sopranos, and she is also known for singing traditional folk songs. She is on Spotify, and this playlist will give you a good idea of her beautiful voice and folksy repertoire.
A few years ago, she also attempted a crossover, as, in 2009, she entered the Eurovision contest, an annual international song competition, with participants representing European countries. She sang ‘La Voix’. a song in both English and French and her performance is still on YouTube of course. The song is a techno dancefloor fueled by her operatic vocals while Malena, with her somewhat frozen moves, looks like a Swedish disco queen. The whole thing is very glamor and kitsch at the same time, and despite the fact that the song was composed by Fredrik Kempe, a Swedish musical-theater star who is a fan of Benny Andersson, the result sounds much more like something from Cher than ABBA. The song didn’t win the Eurovision but it had significant success in Europe, and even reached No. 2 in Sweden’s singles chart.
Malena Ernman has now abandoned her musical career and has revamped her professional life to help her daughter in her climate activism. ‘I belong to the overwhelming majority who didn’t know, she wrote on her Facebook page in March. ‘I guess I understood somewhere that something wasn’t right about the climate and the environment. But I thought it was under control. I was wrong. The only thing I’m proud of is that I listened to my children.’
On the other hand, having a famous mother has certainly being a plus for Greta who has declared: ‘That’s one of the pros of having a famous mother… I’m quite familiar with the media and how it works’
Watch Malena Ernman perform ‘La Voix’