Since the 2014/15 season, Lavinia Dames has been a permanent ensemble member at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, where she has performed, among others. She has sung such roles as Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Gretel (Hänsel und Gretel), Nanetta (Falstaff), Norina (Don Pasquale), Adina (L'elisir d'amore), Musetta (La Bohème) and Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito). In 2019, she interpreted Anabella in the world premiere of Anno Schreier's opera Schade, dass sie eine Hure war.
In the 2023/24 season, she will again sing Pamina and Gretel and make her debuts as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), Karolka (Jenufa) and the Flower Girl (Parsifal). She also gives recitals of songs by Richard Strauss together with pianist Carson Becke in Göttingen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, among other places.
Guest performances and appearances have taken her to the Komische Oper Berlin (Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Pamina), the Kungliga Operan Stockholm (Susanna), the Royal Opera Copenhagen (Susanna) and the Theater St. Gallen (Adina). In 2017, she made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Isotta in Die schweigsame Frau). She returned to this house in the 2021/22 season with the same role.
She has also appeared at the Vienna Konzerthaus (Schumann's Das Paradies und die Peri) and the Vienna Musikverein. She performs with the Dortmund Philharmonic (Mahler's 2nd Symphony, Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Brahms' A German Requiem), the Belgrade Philharmonic (Mahler 2nd), and the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra (Haydn's The Creation). In 2019 she was heard as Betty in Lortzing's Zum Großadmiral at the Prinzregententheater with the Munich Radio Orchestra and interpreted Benjamin Britten's Les Illuminations with the Saarland State Orchestra in the 2020/21 season.
Lavinia Dames was a student of the Early Support of the Musically Highly Gifted (IFF) at the Hanover Academy of Music with Prof. Gerhard Faulstich until 2010. She completed her vocal studies in 2014 with distinction at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna with Gabriele Lechner and Peter Edelmann.
She is a prizewinner of the Cantilena and Ferruccio Tagliavini Singing Competitions and winner of the Kärtner Sparkassen Music Scholarship. She is a multiple scholarship recipient of the Junge Musiker Stiftung Bayreuth and in the 2015/16 season of the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund.