BruceBrown is our first runner-up in the 2001 Feste Award voting and the most "loved" Fool in the history of the Fool Community. Married with two children, Bruce is 40 years old and lives in Vienna, Austria. As you can see by the accompanying photo, Bruce is an opera singer by trade. In this particular photo, Bruce is performing as Il Conte Almavia in Mozart's "Le Nozze di Figaro." He's sung professionally all over the world.
A member of the Fool Community since July of 1998, Bruce is well respected for his investing insight, his breadth of knowledge and his sense of humor. On his member profile, where it says "Favorite Stocks," Bruce wrote "removed for medicinal purposes." Bruce has been an active seminar leader in the past and lately you'll find him hanging out at Mishedlo's, Rat's Survival Alternatives, and The Gorilla Game. Take some time to read Bruce's work. We're sure you'll enjoy it.
What kind of work do you do? I'm an opera singer. Originally working as a sculptor's assistant in New York City (1985-1989), I trained as a member of the Huston Opera Studio from 1989-1991. Since my professional opera debut in 1988 I've sung with opera companies in Vienna, Houston, Des Moines, Jackson, Knoxville, Sacramento, Innsbruck, Glimmerglass, Chatauqua, Paris, and Eugene among others.
Do you remember what brought you to the Fool for the first time? I cannot recall what led me to The Motley Fool back in 1998, but once I logged on to the Fool I signed up and never left. Since I am a huge fan of Shakespeare I was hooked.
What made you stick around? The quality of content in the Fool articles and workshop areas as well as the quality discussion and sharing of ideas by community members.
Big or small, everyone has some things they've done that they're proud of. Tell us about them. Don't ask about the "learning to snowboard with my son" experiment. Nothing big or small accomplished with that experiment yet outside of some bruises.
As an adult I managed to learn a second language which I now use on a daily basis. Not sure if that is a small or big accomplishment, but it was a process that took a great deal of effort to be able to really "live" with another language. Along with that accomplishment, I survived a transition from living and working in the United States to living and working in Europe. My wife and I have been able to raise a family overseas and embrace the local culture which falls into the category of some type of accomplishment for us.
Life goals? We will just skip right over the "learning to snowboard with my son" goal since that one is not going so well.
I do have a goal to someday take what I have learned as a professional performer on the opera stage and turn around to teach voice students about preparing for a career on the opera stage. I completed the first part of the preparation to reach that goal in the '80s via my two degrees which focused on teaching voice. June of 2002 will mark my 14th year on the professional opera stage. As that experience continues and builds what I have to offer, I feel that I will be able to reach my goal of being able to give something back to the next generation of professional singers as a teacher.
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