Robert L. Larsen & Doug Duncan in the Blank Performing Arts Center lobby with the DMMO festival orchestra.jpg

Robert L. Larsen and Doug Duncan, founders of the Des Moines Metro Opera, in the Blank Performing Arts Center lobby with the DMMO festival orchestra in 1987.

The opera world lost “the wizard of Iowa” Sunday when Robert L. Larsen, founder of Des Moines Metro Opera, died.

Dr Larsen & Kimm Julian.jpg

Kimm Julian, a singer with the DMMO, and Larsen on a motorcycle outside Blank Performing Arts Center, longtime performance home of the company.

RLL-Doug.tif

Dr. Robert Larsen and Douglas Duncan, co-founders of Des Moines Metro Opera, in Pote Theatre in the Blank Performing Arts Center at Simpson College, where the opera company has long performed its summer festival.

Dr Larsen &  with 25th Anniversary ice sculpture.jpg

Dr. Robert Larsen, co-founder of Des Moines Metro Opera, on the company's 25th anniversary.

Egel.Robert

Dr. Robert Larsen and Michael Egel, current general and artistic director at Des Moines Metro Opera, during a trip to visit the Santa Fe Opera in 2008.

Dr Larsen early rehearsal A Larson.jpg

Dr. Larsen, center, and Anne Larson of Indianola and an early singer with the company, during a rehearsal.

Larsen, Robert.jpg

Robert Larsen

(3) comments

NancyL

Thank you Dr Larsen for all you've done for the Des Moines Metro Opera, Indianola, Simpson College, the state of Iowa, students, singers and friends and the world of Opera! You will be missed but forever remembered.

Opstadhome

Great capture of an amazing man - Thank you!

BetsyFreese

Love this story!

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.