When I was pregnant with Greta, and working in Germany, Svante was acting at three different theatres in Sweden simultaneously. I had several years of binding contracts ahead of me at various opera houses all over Europe. With 1,km between us, we talked over the phone about how we could get our new reality to work. Not to mention you earn so damned much more than I do. A few weeks later we were at the premiere for Don Giovanni at the Staatsoper in Berlin and Svante explained his current professional status to Daniel Barenboim and Cecilia Bartoli. We carried on like that for 12 years.
“Do they always look at you that way?”
“Don’t know. Think so.”
Every morning, she would bike to the parliament, arriving when her classes would have started. After posting on social media, she would turn off her phone, as would have been required in the classroom. During the day, she sat on the ground outside the building, studying her textbooks, although she made it clear, in interviews, that she found preparing for the future to be pointless. At the hour when school would normally end, she packed up her things and cycled home. In a matter of days, she became a globally recognized figure, known for her precise articulation of the scientific causes of climate change and the unequivocal condemnation she rained upon her elders for failing to address it. After the Swedish elections, she decided to continue her campaign by striking only on Fridays, sparking what has become a global student movement called Fridays for Future. It is a protest she has continued, every Friday, whether leading thousands of students in cities around the world or, as in the past week, while she recovered from a suspected case of the coronavirus , posting online from home. Here we are, panicking on a global scale, but for a different, though not unrelated, reason. The primary storyteller, however, is Malena Ernman, an opera singer who became an overnight celebrity in Sweden after winning a televised song contest and competing in Eurovision in In short, epigrammatic chapters, most centered on scenes of family life, this claustrophobic book narrates a story of desperation, in which climate-change activism transforms a family beset by psychological diagnoses into one that has a sense of purpose and agency.
Greta Thunberg's trip home on a crowded German train
Sara Magdalena Ernman born 4 November is a Swedish opera singer. Besides operas and operettas, she has also performed chansons , cabaret, jazz, and appeared in musicals. In Brussels in , her Nerone in Handel's Agrippina , alongside Rosemary Joshua 's Poppea and Anna Caterina Antonacci 's Aggripina was described as "the most convincingly brattish young man imaginable". With the Royal Opera Stockholm she has also sung the title role in Carmen.