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Natalia Osipova

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Natalia Osipova in action.
Natalia Osipova in Connectome, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Bill Cooper, 2014

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 include Giselle, Kitri (Don Quixote), Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker), Juliet, Manon, Titania (The Dream), Tatiana (Onegin), Natalia Petrovna (A Month in the Country) and roles in Serenade, DGV:Danse à grande vitesse and Tchaikovsky pas de deux. 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

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

Life Reimagined Gala: Kevin O'Hare and Kasper Holten preview their highlights

18 February 2015

The Director of The Royal Ballet and Director of The Royal Opera on what they're most excited for at the upcoming gala.

Cast Change: Natalia Osipova to dance in Swan Lake on 13 February 2015

Cast Change: Natalia Osipova to dance in Swan Lake on 13 February 2015

6 February 2015

Natalia Osipova to replace Zenaida Yanowsky in the role of Odette/Odile.

Watch: Natalia Osipova on Onegin – ‘A dream for any ballerina’

Watch: Natalia Osipova on Onegin – ‘A dream for any ballerina’

30 January 2015

The Royal Ballet Russian Principal discusses the challenge of taking on the complex role of Tatiana.

A number of Royal Ballet artists honoured at the National Dance Awards 2015

A number of Royal Ballet artists honoured at the National Dance Awards 2015

26 January 2015

Carlos Acosta, Francesca Hayward, Natalia Osipova and Christopher Wheeldon among the winners at this year's awards.

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

Royal Ballet receives a number of nominations for National Dance Awards 2014

4 November 2014

Nominations are decided by a panel of 50 dance writers from across the UK.

Listen: Matthew Golding – ‘Carlos Acosta knows what he wants’

Listen: Matthew Golding – ‘Carlos Acosta knows what he wants’

3 November 2014

The Principal dancer on fulfilling a longtime aspiration in dancing Carlos Acosta’s Don Quixote

Photos

Natalia Osipova as Odile and Gary Avis as Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Golding as Onegin and Natalia Osipova as Tatiana in Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova as Titania in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Natalia Osipova

Natalia Osipova as Titania and Matthew Golding as Oberon in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Connectome

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Natalia Osipova in rehearsals for Connectome

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Tetractys - The Art of Fugue, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle

Carlos Acosta as Albrecht and Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle

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

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

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

The Flames of Paris

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake.

Matthew Golding as Onegin and Natalia Osipova as Tatiana in Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Natalia Osipova as Titania and Jonathan Howells as Bottom in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Natalia Osipova as Titania and Jonathan Howells as Bottom in The Dream, The Royal Ballet,

Natalia Osipova and Roberto Bolle in La Scala Theatre Ballet's Notre-Dame de Paris

Natalia Osipova in Connectome

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle

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

Backstage at a photo shoot with Royal Ballet Principal Natalia Osipova

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

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

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Romeo and Juliet, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake.