Lavinia Dames

Soprano

The outstanding Lavinia Dames also undergoes the greatest musical development as Grace, transforming from a timid girl to an ice-cold murderess, a masterly performance both in terms of fitness and acting. DIE DEUTSCHE BÜHNE

Lavinia Dames, born in Göttingen, received rave reviews for her stunning interpretation of Grace in the world premiere of Gordon Kampe’s opera Dogville at the Alto Theater Essen. She is a passionate interpreter of 20th/21st century repertoire and an experienced stage performer.

Since the season 2014/15, Lavinia Dames has been a member of the soloist ensemble at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, where she has performed roles such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Nanetta (Falstaff), Norina (Don Pasquale), Musetta (La Bohème) and Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito).  In 2019 she embodied Anabella in the world premiere of Anno Schreier‘s new opera Schade, dass sie eine Hure war.

In the season 2023/24, she once more sings Pamina and Gretel and makes her debuts as Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier), as Karolka (Jenufa) and as Flower Girl (Parsifal). Furthermore, she gives Lied recitals presenting Lieder by Richard Strauss together with the pianist Carson Becke i. a. in Göttingen and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Guest appearances and performances have taken her to the Komische Oper Berlin (Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Pamina), The Royal Swedish Opera Stockholm (Susanna), and the Royal Danish Opera Copenhagen (Susanna) as well as to the Theater St. Gallen (Adina in L’elisir d’amore). In 2017, she made her debut at the Bavarian State Opera Munich (Isotta in Die Schweigsame Frau). She returned to this house in the season 2021/22 performing the same role.

Lavinia Dames: Jenufa premiere in Duisburg

On 14 April 2024, the soprano Lavinia Dames will sing the role of Karolka in the premiere of Leoš Janáček‘s opera Jenůfa at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein/Theater Duisburg.
Further performances will take place on 20/26 April 2024 and 9/11/19 Mai 2024.
Tatjana Gürbaca will be responsible for the staging and the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be led by Axel Kober. Her colleagues on stage will be Jacquelyn Wagner (Jenufa), Stefanie Schaefer (Die alte Buryja), Rosie Aldridge (Die Küsterin), Giorgi Sturua (Laca Klemen) and other singers.
Recently, Lavinia Dames sang roles such as Sophie, Pamina and Blumenmädchen at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, being a member of their solo ensemble since the season 2014/15.


New with us: soprano Lavinia Dames

We proudly announce the new cooperation with soprano Lavinia Dames. Doreen Lutz Artists welcomes soprano Lavinia Dames to its roster! She received raving reviews for her outstanding interpretation of the role Grace in the world premiere of Gordon Kampe’s opera Dogville (staging: David Hermann) at the Aalto Theater Essen:

Sung with radiant clarity by Lavinia Dames, with her brightly shining cantilenas, she emerges from the mist like a Lorelei, clad all in white.

VAN MAGAZINE, March 2023

The outstanding Lavinia Dames also undergoes the greatest musical development as Grace, transforming from a timid girl to an ice-cold murderess, a masterly performance both in terms of fitness and acting.

DIE DEUTSCHE BÜHNE, March 2023

Lavinia Dames, born in Göttingen, is a passionate interpreter of 20th/21st century repertoire and an experienced stage performer. Since the season 2014/15, she has been a member of the soloist ensemble at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf, where she has performed roles such as Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), Nanetta (Falstaff), Norina (Don Pasquale), Musetta (La Bohème) and Servilia (La Clemenza di Tito). In 2019, she embodied Anabella in the world premiere of Anno Schreier‘s new opera Schade, dass sie eine Hure war.

(published on 25 September 2023)

Opera / Music Theatre:

Ludwig van Beethoven Fidelio (Marzelline)
Boris Blacher Romeo und Julia (Julia)
Benjamin Britten Peter Grimes (1. Nichte), Turn of the screw (Gouvernante)
Georges Bizet Carmen (Frasquita)
Gaetano Donizetti Don Pasquale (Norina), L’elisir d’amore (Adina), Pygmalion (Galatea)
Christoph Willibald Gluck Orpheus (Euridice)
Georg Friedrich Händel Susanna (Daniel)
Engelbert Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel (Gretel)
Gordon Kampe Dogville (Grace) – World Première
Emmerich Kálmán Die Csárdásfürstin (Anastasia)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Die Tote Stadt (Juliette)
Oliver Knussen Where the wild things are/ Wo die wilden Kerle wohnen (Max)
Marius Felix Lange Die Schneekönigin (Gerda)
Franz Lehar Graf von Luxemburg (Juliette Vermont)
Albert Lortzing Zum Großadmiral (Betty), Zar und Zimmermann (Marie)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Le nozze di Figaro (Susanna), Don Giovanni (Zerlina), Die Zauberflöte (Pamina), La Clemenza di Tito (Servilia), Idomeneo (Ilia)
Giacomo Puccini, Gianni Schicchi (Lauretta), La Bohéme (Musetta), Sour Angelica (Genovieffa)
Gerald Resch Gullivers Reisen (Prinzessin Rosalila)
Anno Schreier Schade, dass sie eine Hure war (Annabella) – World Première
Richard Strauss Die Schweigsame Frau (Isotta), Ariadne auf Naxos (Echo), Der Rosenkavalier (Sophie)
Johann Strauss Die Fledermaus (Adele)
Giuseppe Verdi Falstaff (Nanetta)
Richard Wagner Parsifal (Blumenmädchen 1/2, 2. Knappe), Tannhäuser (Hirt)
Mieczyslaw Weinberg Masel tov! (Fradl)
Alexander von Zemlinsky Der Zwerg (1. Zofe)

14 April 2024, 18:30 (Première)
20/26 April 2024, 19:30
09 Mai 2024, 18:30
11 Mai 2024, 19:30
19 Mai 2024, 15:00
Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Duisburg

Programme: Leoš Janáček Jenůfa

Cast: Duisburger Philharmoniker, Chor der deutschen Oper am Rhein, Axel Kober (conductor), Tatjana Gürbaca (stage director), Henrik Ahr (set), Silke Willrett (costume), Lavinia Dames (Karolka), Rosie Aldrige (Die Küsterin), Stefanie Schaefer (The old Buryja), Jussi Myllys (Stewa Buryia), Giorgi Sturua (Laca Klemen), Jacquelyn Wagner (Jenufa) and other


02 June 2024, 11:00
16 February 2025, 11:00
Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldor
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Programme: Liedmatinee (selected songs by Johannes Brahms)

Cast: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Axel Kober (conductor), Lavinia Dames (soprano), David Fischer (tenor), Anna Harvey (mezzo-soprano), Luke Stoker (bass)


18 October 2024, 19:30, Premiere
27 October 2024, 18:30
31 October 2024, 19:30
Theater Duisburg

Programme: Jerry Bock Anatevka

Cast: Duisburger Philharmoniker, Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein, Katharina Müllner (conductor), Felix Seiler (stage director), Nikolaus Webern (set), Sarah Rolke (costume), Andreas Bittl (Tevje), Susan Maclean (Golde), Lavinia Dames (Zeitel, Oma Zeitel), Kimberley Boettger-Soller (Hodel), Mara Guseynova (Chava), Morenike Fadayomi (Jente) a.o.


1 December 2024, 18:30, Premiere
7/14/27 December 2024, 19:30
12 January 2025, 18:30
15 January 2025, 19:30
Opernhaus Düsseldorf

Programme: Alexander Zemlinsky Der Kreidekreis

Cast: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Hendrik Vestmann (conductor), David Bösch (stage director), Patrick Bannwart (set, video), Falko Herold (costumes), Lavinia Dames (Chang-Haitang), Sarah Ferede (Yü-Pei), Joachim Goltz (Ma), Matthias Koziorowski (Prince Pao) a.o.


20/23 December 2024, 18:00, Theater Duisburg
19 January 2025, 18:30, Opernhaus Düsseldorf

Programme: Engelbert Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel

Cast: Duisburger Philharmoniker/Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Düsseldorfer Mädchen- und Jungenchor, Harry Ogg (conductor), Andreas Meyer-Hanno (stage director), Gerda Zientek (set), Inge Diettrich (costumes), Kimberley Boettger-Soller (Hänsel), Lavinia Dames (Gretel), Florian Simson/Cornel Frey (Hexe), Romana Noack (Gertrud), Richard Šveda (Peter) a.o.


9 March 2025, 18:30
12/28 March 2025, 19:30
4 April 2025, 19:30
Theater Duisburg

Programme: Richard Wagner Das Rheingold

Cast: Duisburger Philharmoniker, Vitali Alekseenok (conductor), Dietrich W. Hilsdorf (stage director), Dieter Richter (set), Renate Schmitzer (costumes), Oliver Zwarg (Wotan), Stefan Heidemann (Donner), Jussi Myllys (Froh), Cornel Frey (Loge), Anna Harvey (Fricka), Ramone Zaharia (Erda), Lavinia Dames (Woglinde) a.o.


6 June 2025, 19:30
9 June 2025, 18:30
Opernhaus Düsseldorf

Programme: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Die Zauberflöte

Cast: Düsseldorfer Symphoniker, Chor der Deutschen Oper am Rhein, Péter Halász (conductor), Barrie Kosky and Suzanne Andrade (stage directors), Esther Bialas (set, costumes), Torben Jürgens (Sarastro), David Fischer (Tamino), Lavinia Dames (Pamina), Richard Šveda (Papageno) a.o.

Her central role – which was written for soprano Lavinia Dames – is, in contrast to the other roles, characterised by a permanent development of vocal expression, ranging from the petitioner’s restraint, which tends to be shifted to the lower registers, to a gradual unfurling of her expressive palette, and finally to the spoken parts that gain in prominence towards the end. […] The entire Essen opera ensemble is deserving of high praise – first and foremost to Lavinia Dames, whose wide range of expression is truly disarming.
NMZ, March 2023

Kampe writes her gentle, often very high-pitched melody lines, which the soprano Lavinia Dames handles effortlessly. With equal confidence, she faces the unusual situation that she is, in a sense, not only playing Grace, but also Nicole Kidman. She does not imitate, but rather gradually and convincingly accustoms us to the fact that she is someone else. But equally blonde, and far too elegant for this dull, joyless world.
Frankfurter Rundschau, March 2023

The wonderful Lavinia Dames in the role of Nicole Kidman as the Faye Dunaway-like Bonnie clears her path like an angel of death.
Die Welt, March 2023

Only the young Grace remains exterritorial. The character of Grace in the film, portrayed by Nicole Kidman, is humanly commensurable and part of the game. In the opera, however, she is too beautiful for this world. She may not be a human being at all, but merely a catalyst, a kind of litmus paper. Sung with radiant clarity by Lavinia Dames, with her brightly shining cantilenas, she emerges from the mist like a Lorelei, clad all in white. The young Tom, who thinks he’s a great catch, is beguiling, but he soon transpires to be all talk.
VAN MAGAZINE, March 2023

The outstanding Lavinia Dames also undergoes the greatest musical development as Grace, transforming from a timid girl to an ice-cold murderess, a masterly performance both in terms of fitness and acting – until she gets into the car with her gangster father (an excellent baritone by Karel Martin Ludvik) in the finale, and both negotiate the moral of the story in dialogue.
Die Deutsche Bühne, March 2023

Hermann skilfully deploys the 14-strong ensemble of soloists, who sing in English, with the individual roles being essentially written on the singers’ bodies. This allows Lavinia Dames from the Rheinoper as Grace to let her exuberant soprano shine through in impressive passages.
Ruhrnachrichten, March 2023

To the Grand Admiral
Albert Lortzing

BRClassic (2019)
Lavinia Dames
Munich Radio Orchestra
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