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Natalia Osipova

Principal of The Royal Ballet


Natalia Osipova joined The Royal Ballet as a Principal from the 2013/14 Season, after appearing as a Guest Artist the previous Season, dancing Odette/Odile (Swan Lake) with Carlos Acosta. Her roles with the Company include Giselle, Juliet and Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), and she created a role in McGregor's Tetractys – The Art of Fugue.

Born in Moscow, she began dancing at the age of five and aged eight 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. Significant roles 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 Ratmansky's The Firebird. Her awards include Golden Masks for her performances in Tharp’s In the Upper Room (2008) and La Sylphide (2009), Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards (Best Female Dancer, 2007 and 2010) and Benois de la Danse Award (Best Female Dancer, 2008).

Upcoming productions

  • DGV: Danse à grande vitesse

    Cast as Principal

    Christopher Wheeldon channels the hurtling momentum of Michael Nyman’s music in choreography of thrilling propulsion.

  • Serenade

    Cast as Principal

    The music of Tchaikovsky is partnered with sublime choreography in one of Balanchine’s earliest and best-loved works.

  • New Marriott

    Cast as Principal

    The world premiere of a new work by acclaimed choreographer and Royal Ballet Principal Character Artist Alastair Marriott.

  • The Dream

    Cast as Titania

    Frederick Ashton’s delightful interpretation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a classic of The Royal Ballet.

  • Manon

    Cast as Manon

    Kenneth MacMillan's acclaimed tragic ballet is a modern masterpiece.

  • Don Quixote

    Cast as Kitri

    Carlos Acosta's exuberant production of this classic tale of friendship, love and loyalty is bursting with joie de vivre.


News and features

  1. Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

    Royal Ballet Leavers and Joiners: Mid-Season Update

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

  2. Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

    Watch: Tetractys - The Art of Fugue in rehearsal

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

  3. Your reaction: Giselle in cinemas

    Your reaction: Giselle in cinemas

    What did you think of the live cinema relay of The Royal Ballet's production starring Carlos Acosta and Natalia Osipova?

  4. Watch: Behind the scenes on Giselle

    Watch: Behind the scenes on Giselle

    Another chance to see the backstage films screened as part of our live cinema relay.

  5. Christopher Wheeldon, Natalia Osipova and Leanne Benjamin win at National Dance Awards

    Christopher Wheeldon, Natalia Osipova and Leanne Benjamin win at National Dance Awards

    Awards presented by the Critics’ Circle, a panel of 50 professional dance writers and critics.

  6. Your reaction: Giselle

    Your reaction: Giselle

    A selection of audience tweets from the first night (and matinee) of Peter Wright’s haunting production.

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