Andrew Horn’s excellent 2004 documentary about New Wave opera diva from outer-space, Klaus Nomi, follows the rise of Nomi’s unlikely career until his death in 1983 from AIDS complications. With Kristian Hoffman, Kenny Scharf, Ann Magnuson, Tony Frere, Page Wood, David McDermott and in a great performance clip, David Bowie and Joey Arias.
In Henry Purcell’s immortal 17th century opera Dido & Aeneas, Dido, Queen of Carthage, sings her own funerary elegy. Entitled “When I am laid in Earth”, it is more popularly known as “Dido’s Lament” or, on German-born singer Klaus Nomi‘s 1982 album Simple Man, “Death”. It, in turn, became Nomi’s own pre-posthumous lament: 30 years ago today, the Mudd Club Orpheus died in New York of an AIDS-related illness.
More on Nomi here, and “Death” below: