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    Default Any Yma Sumac Fans? I have a question for you.

    I love Yma Sumac. She is so fun and her style is similar to opera singers. With her enormous range, how would you classify her. A freak.? A coloratura soprano? A mezzo?A contralto? She sings more up high than down low, but her lower extension is amazing. Most mezzos can't sing softly up high like she can. The voice is dark up to the middle of the voice. What do you think? I've always thought it would be fun for an opera singer to close with one of her exotica pieces for fun. Renee Fleming could do it.
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    What is Yma Sumac? A kick and a half! A glorious specimen of kitsch at its most sublime! If the Amazon could sing, it would sing like Yma. No need to classify her. She's the most fun thing to come out of South America, except maybe for Carmen Miranda. I mean, how can you beat a head full of bananas?

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    I don’t know, but for me, she had one of the most remarkable voices of all time. As far as what she sang, I think you have to look at her husband, who I feel exploited her commercially. But she was huge in the early ‘50s and lived for a very long time. I think her voice was natural—she had an instinctive understanding of vocal techniques—and with exposure to the repertoire, I think she could have sung anything including opera. Check out her performance when she was in the Soviet Union. They were dazzled by her and held her in great esteem as the unique vocalist she was.
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    for once, I don't find the fach system to be all that relevant here. I'd just leave it at "soprano with a versatile range"

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    Thank you for reminding me, going spin a disc later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BalalaikaBoy View Post
    for once, I don't find the fach system to be all that relevant here.
    Praise the Lord. ............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
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    Yma Sumac Vocal Range (B2 - C♯7)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    What is Yma Sumac? A kick and a half! A glorious specimen of kitsch at its most sublime! If the Amazon could sing, it would sing like Yma. No need to classify her. She's the most fun thing to come out of South America, except maybe for Carmen Miranda. I mean, how can you beat a head full of bananas?
    It’s well known that Wagner originally planned to write “The Banana of the Nibelung,” about a banana with miraculous powers. However, at the time bananas were only available in Germany for two or three months a year, which would have reduced potential audience sizes, so Wagner substituted today’s well-known ring. Less nutritious, and certainly a poorer source of potassium! And unlike the banana, it does little to promote regularity, something important to the Nibelungen who were (if I may be so indelicate) cursed with constipation.

    Yma Sumac, of course, with her extraordinary vocal range, could have sung all the roles in the operas, with an attendant reduction in production costs and likely lower ticket prices. A positive all the way around, it seems to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    It’s well known that Wagner originally planned to write “The Banana of the Nibelung,” about a banana with miraculous powers. However, at the time bananas were only available in Germany for two or three months a year, which would have reduced potential audience sizes, so Wagner substituted today’s well-known ring. Less nutritious, and certainly a poorer source of potassium! And unlike the banana, it does little to promote regularity, something important to the Nibelungen who were (if I may be so indelicate) cursed with constipation.

    Yma Sumac, of course, with her extraordinary vocal range, could have sung all the roles in the operas, with an attendant reduction in production costs and likely lower ticket prices. A positive all the way around, it seems to me.
    I'm now imagining Fafner transforming into the forest bird - easy to do, since the singer remains invisible for both.
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    You guys are marvelous!!!! I will always remember riding iwith my dear friend and travelling companion Jerry, who passed of HIV 24 years ago, through the Eastern Washington desert in a convertable with his doggy listening to Yma Sumac. It was one of life's great moments! Yma is still a hit in 2018. Here is a hilarious clip from America's Got Talent with one of her great hits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBe41Omh5v4. Also, here is Rupaul Drag Race star Alaska Thunderf*** performing an Yma number:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywnXN10u5_Q

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattleoperafan View Post
    You guys are marvelous!!!! I will always remember riding iwith my dear friend and travelling companion Jerry, who passed of HIV 24 years ago, through the Eastern Washington desert in a convertable with his doggy listening to Yma Sumac. It was one of life's great moments! Yma is still a hit in 2018. Here is a hilarious clip from America's Got Talent with one of her great hits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBe41Omh5v4. Also, here is Rupaul Drag Race star Alaska Thunderf*** performing an Yma number:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywnXN10u5_Q
    That’s Yma all right! Very touching story. Thanks for sharing.
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    I still think she was really Amy Camus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodduck View Post
    except maybe for Carmen Miranda. I mean, how can you beat a head full of bananas?
    ... and, allegedly, heels of her platform shoes filled with cocaine.
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    I'm a big sumac fan, particularly in tajines.

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