Are you ready to mambo?
In the 1950s when musical exotica was all the rage, Yma Sumac was a
sensation – an Incan princess who astounded American audiences with her
five-octave range and larger-than-life personality. She was a
best-selling artist for Capitol Records, toured the world and appeared
in a movie with Charlton Heston. Her songs have been sampled in lounge
music, hip hop and movie soundtracks.
This one-woman show is a passion project for Helpmann Award-winning
cabaret performer and soprano Ali McGregor, whose admiration for Sumac
has led to her acquiring a collection of the singer’s jewellery and
clothes in which she performs.
From the bird-like trills of ‘Chuncho’ to a mambo version of the
‘Queen of the Night’ aria, McGregor brings her astounding voice to
Sumac’s music. Between vocal pyrotechnics, she tells Sumac’s story and
her own journey discovering this fascinating artist.
Prepare to be enthralled by the lure of exoticism, mystery, heartbreak and above all – extraordinary singing.