The young, german soprano, Lavinia Dames, studied as a student of the “Institute for the Early Advancement of the Musically Highly Gifted (IFF)“at the University of Music, Hanover under professor Gerhard Faulstich. She continued her studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna under Professor Gabriele Lechner and Professor Peter Edelmann, where she graduated with distinction in 2014.
Lavinia’s awards include a prize at the Cantilena singing competition in Bayreuth in 2009 and the International Ferruccio Tagliavini Competition in 2012. In 2011, she won the first prize of the “Internationales Kärntner Sparkassen Musikstipendium“. In addition, she received the audience award. The versatile singer is a regular guest on the concert stage. Including appearences at the Konzerthaus (Paradise and Peri), as well as at the Musikverein in Vienna. Her repertoire includes Haydnˋs Creation, Mahlerˋs 2nd Symphony and Brahms' German Requiem along with the Dortmund Philharmonics and Mahlerˋs 4th symphony in Brasil and Peru.
Since the opera season 2014/15, Lavinia has been a full-time member of the ensemble of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf, performing roles like Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel, Norina in Don Pasquale, Max in Oliver Knussen's Where the wild things are and many more.
In 2019 she starred in the world premiere of Anno Schreiers new opera „Tis Pity She ́s a Whore“. As a guest she sang Lauretta in Puccinis Gianni Schicchi and Pamina at the Komische Oper Berlin, Susanna at the Kungliga Operan Stockholm and the royal Theater Kopenhagen. In November 2017 she made her debut as Isotta in Strauss' Die schweigsame Frau at the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich. In April 2019 she will make her debut as Adina in L ́elisir d ́amore at Theater St.Gallen.