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Natalia Osipova

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Natalia Osipova in action.
Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake © ROH/Alice Pennefather, 2012

Russian dancer Natalia Osipova is a Principal of The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company as a Principal in autumn 2013, after appearing as a Guest Artist the previous Season as Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) with Carlos Acosta. Her roles with the Company have since included Giselle, Juliet, Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Titania (The Dream) and roles in Serenade and DGV:Danse à grande vitesse. She has created roles in Wayne McGregor's Tetractys – The Art of Fugue and Alastair Marriott's Connectome.

Osipova was born in Moscow and began dancing at the age of five. Aged eight she joined the Mikhail Lavrosky Ballet School. From 1995 to 2004 she trained at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography and on graduating entered the corps of the Bolshoi Ballet, where she was promoted to principal in 2010. Her repertory there included Kitri (Don Quixote), Giselle, Nikiya and Gamzatti (La Bayadère), La Sylphide, Esmerelda, Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty) and Swanilda (Coppélia). In 2011 she left the Bolshoi to join the Mikhailovsky Ballet as a principal.

Osipova has appeared as a guest artist with companies around the world. In March 2012 she was named a principal at American Ballet Theatre, where she created the title role in Alexei Ratmansky's The Firebird. Her awards include Golden Masks for her performances in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room (2008) and La Sylphide (2009), Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards (Best Female Dancer, 2007 and 2010) and a Benois de la Danse Award (Best Female Dancer, 2008).

Videos

News and features

Giselle available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray

Giselle available to pre-order on DVD and Blu-Ray

8 August 2014

Order Peter Wright’s production starring Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta now, and receive a discount.

Recommended recordings: Ballet DVDs (Summer 2014)

Recommended recordings: Ballet DVDs (Summer 2014)

3 June 2014

Recent releases include Roland Petit's Notre-Dame de Paris starring Natalia Osipova and Roberto Bolle.

Your reaction: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

Your reaction: The Dream / Connectome / The Concert

1 June 2014

What did you think of The Royal Ballet's Mixed programme featuring works by Ashton, Marriott and Robbins?

Connectome: Cutting-edge ballet from cutting-edge science

Connectome: Cutting-edge ballet from cutting-edge science

28 May 2014

A new theory about what creates our memories, personality and intellect has influenced Alastair Marriott's new ballet.

Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

12 March 2014

Three new Principals and six Artists have joined the Company during 2013/14.

Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

13 February 2014

Watch Wayne McGregor rehearse with Lauren Cuthbertson, Natalia Osipova, Eric Underwood and Edward Watson.

Photos

Natalia Osipova as Titania and Matthew Golding as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Natalia Osipova in Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova in Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova in Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova in rehearsals for Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watsonin rehearsals for Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova in rehearsals for Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet ©ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Carlos Acosta as Albrecht and Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Carlos Acosta as Albrecht and Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Carlos Acosta as Albrecht and Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle © ROH / Bill Cooper 2014

Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal © Andrej Uspenski

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet © ROH /Johan Persson , 2014

Natalia Osipova and Roberto Bolle in La Scala Theatre Ballet's Notre-Dame de Paris © Rudy Amisano, 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Backstage at a photo shoot with Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova © Sean Malyon 2013

Royal Ballet Principals Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova during a photo shoot for the Royal Opera House Magazine 2014 © Sean Malyon 2013

Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova in Romeo and Juliet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2013

Natalia Osipova

The Royal Ballet Giselle in rehearsal, Natalia Osipova as Giselle; Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. (Clore Studio)

The Royal Ballet Giselle in rehearsal, Natalia Osipova as Giselle; Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. (Clore Studio)

The Royal Ballet Giselle in rehearsal, Natalia Osipova as Giselle; Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. (Clore Studio)

The Royal Ballet Giselle in rehearsal, Natalia Osipova as Giselle; Carlos Acosta as Albrecht. (Clore Studio)