After 34 years of service, Michigan Opera Theatre Principal Cellist Nadine Deleury will retire from the orchestra at the end of the 2018-19 season. Since winning the principal cellist position in 1985, Nadine has been an instrumental part of the company, performing in its earliest locations at the Masonic Temple and the Fisher Theatre, through the 1996 opening of the Detroit Opera House, and in community concerts throughout.
She had an especially close relationship with MOT Founder David DiChiera, who wrote music specifically for her from his opera Cyrano (set in her native city, Arras): a piano trio “Souvenir d’Arras” and a cello and piano arrangement of “Letter to Roxane,” which she performed again at his funeral in September.
In honor of her retirement and her special relationship with David DiChiera, Nadine is inviting MOT friends and patrons to support the company and the David DiChiera Artistic Fund. The fund supports the MOT’s efforts in continuing to bring world-class opera and dance to Detroit. It also contributes to educational and community outreach programs and supports young artists. Learn more and donate at https://michiganopera.org/support/david-dichiera-artistic-fund/.
About Nadine Deleury:
Michigan Opera Theatre Principal Cellist Nadine Deleury knew from a young age that she wanted to be a professional cellist. Born in France, Nadine began studying cello at the age of 10, eventually studying at the Paris Conservatory and later at Yale University. She moved to Detroit in the 1980s when her husband and fellow-cellist, Haden McKay, joined the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Shortly thereafter, in 1985, she won the Principal Cellist position at MOT and has been with the orchestra ever since.
She said the most memorable moment of her time with MOT was the grand opening of the Detroit Opera House in 1996.
“Our years of the crowded pits and backstages of the Fisher Theatre and Masonic Temple were over!” she said. “We now had this magnificent hall!”
Outside of MOT, Nadine runs Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, a performance series she founded with MOT colleague Velda Kelly in 1998. She also enjoys researching forgotten composers, an interest that has led to meeting their families and creating recordings of their music.