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Natalia Osipova

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Natalia Osipova in action.
Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle © 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), Lise (La Fille mal gardée), Titania (The Dream), Juliet, Tatiana (Onegin), Manon, Natalia Petrovna (A Month in the Country) and roles in Rhapsody, Serenade, DGV: Danse à grande vitesse and Tchaikovsky Pas de deux. Her role creations include Amélie Gautreau (Christopher Wheeldon’s Strapless) and in Wayne McGregor’s Tetractys and Woolf Works 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 became a principal of American Ballet Theatre, where she created the title role in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Firebird. Her awards include Golden Masks for her performances in In the Upper Room (2008) and La Sylphide (2009), Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards (Best Female Dancer, 2007, 2010 and 2014) and a Benois de la Danse Award (Best Female Dancer, 2008).

Videos

News and features

<em>Rhapsody</em> / <em>The Two Pigeons</em> to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray

Rhapsody / The Two Pigeons to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray

28 January 2016

Release details will be announced in due course.

Bolshoi Ballet to return to the Royal Opera House in summer 2016

Bolshoi Ballet to return to the Royal Opera House in summer 2016

11 November 2015

The Russian ballet company will perform popular works including Don Quixote, Swan Lake and Le Corsaire.

Cast Confirmation: Natalia Osipova to dance scheduled performances in New Year

Cast Confirmation: Natalia Osipova to dance scheduled performances in New Year

4 November 2015

Royal Ballet Principal returns from injury.

Photos

Natalia Osipova as Giselle in rehearsal for Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova and Federico Bonelli in Strapless

Natalia Osipova as Giselle and Carlos Acosta as Albrecht in Giselle, The Royal Ballet

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsal for Strapless, The Royal Ballet

Matthew Golding as Prince Siegfried, Natalia Osipova as Odette and Gary Avis as Von Rothbart in Swan Lake.

Matthew Golding as Prince Siegfried and Natalia Osipova as Odette in Swan Lake.

Matthew Golding as Prince Siegfried and Natalia Osipova as Odette 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 and Edward Watson in Connectome

Natalia Osipova in rehearsals for Connectome

Natalia Osipova and Edward Watson in rehearsals for Connectome

Steven McRae and Natalia Osipova in rehearsal

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)

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

Carlos Acosta as Albrecht and Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle

Natalia Osipova as Giselle in Giselle

Natalia Osipova

The Flames of Paris

Natalia Osipova and Carlos Acosta in Swan Lake.

Edward Watson and Natalia Osipova in Woolf Works.

Natalia Osipova in La Fille mal gardée

Natalia Osipova and Steven McRae in La Fille mal gardée

Matthew Golding as Onegin and Natalia Osipova as Tatiana in Onegin

Natalia Osipova and Matthew Golding in rehearsal for Onegin

Matthew Golding and Natalia Osipova in Giselle in Giselle

Natalia Osipova in Strapless

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