Klaus Nomi

Genres: Pop / Rock Television
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

Klaus Sperber, 1944, Bavaria, Germany, d. 6 August 1983, New York, USA. Famed for his Mephistophelean make-up and piercing tenor voice, Sperber claimed erroneously to have worked in the 70s as both a professional opera singer and as David Bowie’s dresser. Brought up in West Berlin he developed his love of opera as a child extra in various productions and, following a spell at the Berlin Music School, as an usher at the Berlin (Deutsche) Opera. Sperber moved to New York in the early 70s where he worked as a Cordon Bleu pastry chef, but also began developing his Klaus Nomi alter ego. He also appeared in Anders Grafstrom’s underground classic, The Long Island Four. By 1979, Nomi was touring in Europe and the USA as a highly idiosyncratic cabaret act, performing barely recognizable electronic reworkings of everything from Saint Saens’ ‘Samson And Delilah’ and Donna Summer’s ‘I Feel Love’ to Chubby Checker’s ‘The...

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