English born David Smith-Larsen began acting on the Paris Opera stages in 1994. Since portraying a knight in the Opera de Bastille’s new production of Parsifal that year, he has performed in many new productions, including Graham Vick’s acclaimed King Arthur by Purcell, the Executioner in Salome, and his noteworthy innkeeper in two new productions of Falstaff at the Bastille and Théâtre du Châtelet. Smith-Larsen has also participated in several preparatory workshops with director Robert Wilson, developing such roles as Creon in Oedipus Rex and Barak in Die Frau ohne Schatten. In addition to his many and varied opera performances, he has appeared in several television programs, such as The Highlander and The Raven. He has also done extensive work in French television and movies. Since moving to the U.S. in 2001, Smith-Larsen has performed at the Santa Fe Opera, where he created the role of Mustapha’s “palo enforcer” in Rossini's Italiana in Algeri.