Schell, who starred in Judgment at Nuremberg, The Man in the Glass Booth, and other films, is one of a series of Hollywood figures to direct productions for the company. He previously directed Wagner's Lohengrin there.
The production, which runs through June 19, stars soprano Adrianne Pieczonka as the Marschallin; mezzo-soprano Alice Coote, in her company debut, as Octavian; bass Kurt Rydl as Baron Ochs; and soprano Elizabeth Futral as Sophie. Music director Kent Nagano conducts.
Sets and costumes are by artist Gottfried Heinwein, making his American opera debut.
In production notes, Heinwein writes, "A palette of three main colors dominated the Rococo—(light/dark) blues, yellows (gold), and reds (pink)— and my designs for Der Rosenkavalier reflect that. For the first act, everything is blue, hundreds of tones and shades of blue. It is like morning, a beginning full of expectation. In the second act, in the newly rich man's palace when the two lovers meet, all is gold and yellow. For the third act, the conclusive explosion, I have chosen red, a color of love, hate, and revolution."