Yma Sumac

United States

Yma Sumac Bio

Who is Yma Sumac

Yma Súmac ( September 13, 1922 – November 1, 2008) was a Peruvian soprano. In the 1950s. She once was one of the most famous proponents of exotica music. She was well known for her extreme vocal range.

Early Life (Childhood)

Zoila Augusta Emperatriz Chávarri del Castillo was born in Callao, a seacoast city in Peru. Her parents were Sixto Chávarri, born in Cajamarca and Emilia Castillo, born in Pallasca, Ancash.

Interesting Facts

Sumac was diagnosed with colon cancer and later died on November 1, 2008, aged 86 at an assisted-living home in Los Angeles. Her body was interred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood in the "Sanctuary of Memories" section.

Personal Life

Sumac had a romantic relationship with Moises Vivanco. They married in 1942. They continued their romantic relationship unitl 1965. There is no information about their children.


Sumac won various prestigious awards during her life time.