Natalia Osipova

Principal, guest (Royal Ballet London)

Natalia Osipova is a graduate of the Moscow Ballet Academy. Immediately after completing her studies in 2004, she entered the corps de ballet at the Bolshoi Ballet. Her career then advanced with breathtaking rapidity: in the space of just a few years she danced herself a position amongst the most prominent ballerinas of the world. She acquired her international status primarily from performances by the Bolshoi Ballet in London, Paris, New York and Tokyo, where she triumphed in both classic (DonQuixote, Giselle) and contemporary works from Twyla Tharp and George Balanchine. Since then she is a much sought-after guest artist, making regular appearances, among other places, with the American Ballet Theatre in New York, the ballet of the Opéra de Paris and the ballet of La Scala in Milan. In 2011 she joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Moscow and 2012 the American Ballet Theatre as a Principal. Besides she became a principal of the Royal Ballet London in 2013. In 2011, she gave her Munich debut with the Bayerisches Staatsballett as Katharina in John Cranko's The Taming of the Shrew. A role she danced again here in 2017 and 2018. In 2016 she appeared as Aegina in Spartacus and in the seasons 2016/17 and 2017/18 she danced the title role in Giselle. In April 2019 she will be performing as Tatjana in John Cranko's Onegin

(Information as of 2019)


  • Grand Prix in Luxembourg
  • Benois de la Dance
  • Richard Sherrington Award
  • Positano Leonide Massine Dance Award
  • Golden Mask
  • Dancer of the Year in "ballett-tanz"

Repertoire (selection)

Giselle in Giselle
Sylphide in La Sylphide
Esmeralda in Esmeralda
Medora in Le Corsaire
Swanilda in Coppélia
Nikiya in La Bayadère
Jeanne in Flames of Paris

Performances with the Bayerisches Staatsballett

Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (J. Cranko)
Title role in Giselle (P. Wright)
Aegina in Spartacus (Y. Grigorovich)