The young soprano gained her first stage experience at the Richard Wagner Festival Wels. This was followed by performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus (the Jungfrau in Schumann's "Das Paradies und die Peri") and in the Glass Hall of the Vienna Musikverein. She sang various concerts, including Haydn's "Creation", Mahler's 2nd Symphony and Brahms' "Ein deutsches Requiem" with the Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra, Mahler's 4th Symphony in Sao Paulo/Brazil and Lima/Peru, as well as numerous concerts with the Göttingen Symphony Orchestra.
In November 2019, she was heard as Betty in Lortzing's „Zum Großadmiral“ at the Prinzregententheater with the Munich Radio Orchestra. In the season 2020/21, she sang Benjamin Britten's "Les Illuminations" with the Saarland State Orchestra, as well as Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the Konzerthaus Dortmund.
Since summer 2014, Lavinia Dames has been a permanent member of the ensemble at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, where she has performed roles such as Susanna in "Le nozze di Figaro," Zerlina in "Don Giovanni," Pamina in "Die Zauberflöte," Gretel in "Hänsel und Gretel," and Norina in "Don Pasquale. In 2019 she embodied Anabella in the world premiere of Anno Schreier‘s new opera "Schade, dass sie eine Hure war". Debuts followed as Musetta in "La Bohème," Servilia in "La Clemenza di Tito," Adina in "L’elisir d'amore“, Adele in "Die Fledermaus", Fradl in Weinberg's "Mazel Tov - We Congratulate“ and Juliet in Blacher's "Romeo and Juliet". In the upcoming season 2022/23 she will be heard as Pamina, Zerlina, Gretel, Adina, Norina, Nanetta in Verdi's "Falstaff" and Juliette in Korngold's "Die Tote Stadt".
Guest appearances and performances have taken her to the Komische Oper Berlin (Lauretta in "Gianni Schicchi" and Pamina in "Die Zauberflöte"), Kungliga Operan Stockholm (Susanna in "Le nozze di Figaro"), and the Royal Opera Copenhagen (Susanna in "Le nozze di Figaro"). In April 2019, she was heard as Adina in Donizetti's "L'elisir d'amore" at the Theater St. Gallen.
This was followed in November 2017 by her debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich (Isotta in Strauss „Die Schweigsame Frau"). She returned to this house in the season 2021/22 as Isotta.
In the season 2022/23 she will create the role of Grace in the world premiere of Gordon Kampe's "Dogville" at the Aalto Theater Essen.