W. Robert Chapman: Second wind

September 8, 2013 

Second wind

Regarding the Sept. 2 article “Second acts” in the Planning for Retirement special section: Eight years ago my wife and I both took early retirement and moved to the Triangle. I’d spent the previous 10 years as a music/reference librarian, and earlier in my working career I’d been a professional opera singer.

Within a year, I’d found a position at radio station WCPE hosting the overnight show on weekends. Since December 2008, I’ve hosted the Thursday night “Opera House” show. That show led to invitations to teach opera classes at the Duke and N.C. State lifelong learning programs and to speak before groups throughout the region.

I sing with area opera companies and in July made my belated debut in Italy in Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro.” Last year my wife gave me a “vanity” plate for my car – MR OPERA – that reflects this postretirement opportunity to indulge in my passion.

W. Robert Chapman


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