July 24, 1920|
|Died||October 17, 1992
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||lymphoma|
|Occupation||costume & scenic designer|
|Awards||Tony Award for Best Costume Design, 1959|
Rouben Ter-Arutunian (July 24, 1920 – October 17, 1992) was a costume and scenic designer for dance, opera, theater and television.
Born in Tiflis, Georgia, he attended the Reimann Art School (Berlin) from 1939 to 1941, studied film music at the Hochschule fur Musik (Berlin) and took courses at the Friedrich-Wilhelm University (Berlin), 1941–43, and at the University of Vienna, 1943-44.
He first designed costumes for dancers of the Berlin Staatsoper in 1940, going on to design for the Dresden Opera and the Vienna State Opera. He moved to New York in 1951. In 1964 he designed the sets for the New York City Ballet production of The Nutcracker. He worked with the New York City Opera company, Hamburg State Opera, La Scala in Milan, the Opera-Comique in Paris and the Spoleto Festival in Italy.
Awards and legacy
Broadway work (selected)
- Measure for Measure (1957)
- Redhead (1959) — Tony Award for Best Costume Design
- Advise and Consent (1961) — Tony Award Best Scenic Design (Dramatic) (nominee)
- A Passage to India (1962) — Tony Award Best Scenic Design (nominee)
- The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (1964) — Tony Award Best Costume Design (nominee)
- Goodtime Charley (1975) — Tony Award Best Scenic Design (nominee)
- Goodbye Fidel (1980)
- Anderson, Jack. Rouben Ter-Arutunian, 72, Dies; Designed City Ballet 'Nutcracker'"The New York Times, October 19, 1992
- New York Public Library listing danceheritage.org, accessed July 3, 2009