Yma SumacBorn 13 September 1922. Died 1 November 2008
Yma Sumac Biography (Wikipedia)
Yma Sumac (September 13, 1922, or September 10, 1923 – November 1, 2008), whose stage name was sometimes spelled Yma Súmac, was a Peruvian–American soprano. Her real name was Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo. In the 1950s, she was one of the most famous proponents of exotica music.
Sumac became an international success based on her extreme vocal range, which was said to be "well over five octaves" at the peak of her singing career.
Sumac recorded an extraordinarily wide vocal range of 5 octaves, 3 notes and a semitone ranging from E2 to B♭7 (approximately 107 Hz to 3.7 kHz).
In one live recording of "Chuncho," she sings a range of over four and a half octaves, from B2 to F♯7. She was able to sing notes in the low baritone register as well as notes above the range of an ordinary soprano and notes in the whistle register. Both low and high extremes can be heard in the song Chuncho (The Forest Creatures) (1953). She was also apparently able to sing in a remarkable "double voice."
Yma Sumac Tracks