Wolf Trap's first full summer season since the rebuilding of the fire-wrecked Filene Center will open on June 11 with the New York City Opera's much-acclaimed new production of Puccini's "Turandot."
The season will continue for almost three months with a wide array of opera, ballet, symphonic and pop music -- closing in the last three days of August with the world premiere of the "Giselle" that Mikhail Baryshnikov is staging for his American Ballet Theatre.
The Filene Center, which was thrown back into construction when a crack was discovered in one of the roof's four principal supporting girders, is expected to be repaired well ahead of opening night. The deadline to complete the welding of a steel plate that will reinforce the flawed girder is May 15.
The City Opera, in its first Washington visit since 1981, will occupy the entire first week, presenting a sort of oriental opera trilogy. In addition to "Turandot," which is set in ancient Peking, the City Opera will perform two works with Japanese settings -- Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado" and Puccini's "Madama Butterfly."
The National Symphony will have a 13-concert season at Wolf Trap. It will begin on June 19 with the first of four Bach-Handel concerts on successive nights under Christopher Hogwood, the baroque specialist now conducting the orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Among the other highlights: a four-concert Beethoven festival conducted by Hugh Wolff and Yoel Levi, and two late August concerts with Mstislav Rostropovich that are previews for the orchestra's September tour of Europe.
The Alvin Ailey Dance Theater will appear for three nights, starting Aug. 12. And Fantasy on Ice, starring Dorothy Hamill, will have a five-day run, starting July 23.
There will be numerous pop attractions, ranging from Wynton Marsalis (July 3) to a combination of Frankie Avalon, Fabian and Bobby Rydell (July 10).
Wolf Trap's opera company, which consists of 16 young singers chosen in nationwide auditions, will be highlighted by two performances (Aug. 8 and 10) of the Houston Grand Opera's Maurice Sendak-designed production of Mozart's "The Magic Flute," which sold out when the Washington Opera borrowed it several years ago. All roles will be played by members of the company except for the grueling deep bass of Sarastro, which will be sung by Jerome Hines.
"The Magic Flute" will be performed at the Filene Center. At the Wolf Trap Barns, the company will stage a double bill of Rossini's "Il Signor Bruschino" and Donizetti's "Le Convienienze Teatrali" ("Viva la Mama!") on July 19 and 20 and Aug. 22 and 24. It will also perform the Washington premiere of Conrad Susa's "Transformations," based on Anne Sexton's adult retellings of Grimm's fairy tales.
Another operatic evening will be a joint concert by Grace Bumbry and Shirley Verrett on Aug. 21.
The ABT appearance will consume the final week of the season. In addition to three "Giselles," there will be another program on Aug. 26, 27 and 28, consisting of excerpts from Baryshnikov's staging of "Raymonda," "Les Sylphides," and Balanchine's "Theme and Variations."
Pop shows include:
Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band, with special guest Vince Gill (June 18).
Tom Paxton, the Kingston Trio and the Smothers Brothers (June 23).
Peter Duchin and his orchestra (June 26).
Grover Washington Jr., with guest Pieces of a Dream (July 6).
The Manhattan Transfer (July 8).
Lou Rawls (July 9).
David Grisman Quartet/Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys/Doc Watson (July 11).
Pat Metheny Group (July 15).
Laura Branigan (July 15).
Smokey Robinson (July 16).
Tex Beneke and his orchestra, with Johnny Desmond and Helen Forest (July 17).
Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie (July 20).
The Preservation Hall Jazz Band (July 21).
Janie Fricke (July 29).
Bonnie Raitt (July 30).
The Four Tops and the Temptations (Aug. 1).
George Benson (Aug. 2).
The Statler Brothers (Aug. 3).
Ella Fitzgerald and Oscar Peterson (Aug. 9).
Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers (Aug. 15).
Judy Collins (Aug. 16).
Peter, Paul and Mary (Aug. 17).
Earl Klugh (Aug. 20).
Harry Belafonte (Aug. 22 and 23).
There will also be concerts with the King's Singers (June 30), duo-pianists Ferrante and Teicher (July 7) and flutist James Galway with conductor Henry Mancini (Aug. 4).