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Klaus Nomi

German countertenor

Klaus Nomi is ...


Born 24 January 1944 in Immenstadt
Died 6 August 1983 in New York City
Age 39 years, 7 months
Cause acquired immunodeficiency syndrome

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Germany
Manner of death natural causes
Occupation singer, experimental musician and songwriter
Genre rock music
Voice type alto

About Klaus Nomi

Klaus Nomi was a German countertenor who rose to fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s with his unique blend of opera, pop, and new wave music. Born on January 24, 1944, in Immenstadt, Germany, Nomi moved to New York City in the early 1970s to pursue a career in music.

Nomi's distinctive style and theatrical performances quickly caught the attention of the downtown New York music scene. He became a regular performer at clubs like CBGB and Max's Kansas City, where he would often perform in elaborate costumes and makeup.

In 1978, Nomi was discovered by musician and producer Kristian Hoffman, who helped him record his first single, "Keys of Life." The song was a hit in the underground music scene and helped Nomi gain a following.

Nomi's self-titled debut album was released in 1981 and featured a mix of opera arias, pop songs, and original compositions. The album was a critical success and helped establish Nomi as a unique and innovative artist.

Tragically, Nomi was diagnosed with AIDS in 1982 and passed away on August 6, 1983, at the age of 39. Despite his short career, Nomi's influence on music and fashion can still be felt today.


- "Klaus Nomi: The Life and Times of a New Wave Opera Star" by Andrew Horn (2013)

- "Klaus Nomi: The Essential" liner notes by Kristian Hoffman (2007)

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