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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), Natalia Petrovna (A Month in the Country) 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

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

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.

Photos

Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for A Month in the Country, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova in Connectome, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in Connectome

Natalia Osipova in Connectome

Natalia Osipova in rehearsals for Connectome

Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in 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

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

The Flames of Paris

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake.

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

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)

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

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.

Natalia Osipova photo by Gene Schiavone

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

Natalia Osipova in Connectome

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watsonin rehearsals for Connectome

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

Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle

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