Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts unveiled its 1986 summer season yesterday, as well as the first corporate sponsor in its 15-year history: Kodak.
The summer program includes the first visit here in 22 years of the legendary Kirov Ballet of Leningrad, the original home company of such figures as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Natalia Makarova and Rudolph Nureyev. On June 2 and 3 the company will dance Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake," to be followed by two variety programs on June 4 and 5.
Also in June, the New York City Opera will return, with Bizet's "Carmen," Puccini's "La Bohe me" and Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus."
As usual, the National Symphony Orchestra will play seven concerts. Among the conductors: Yoel Levi, Peter Nero, Sir Neville Marriner, Hugh Wolff, Andrew Litton, Gunther Herbig and Mitch Miller.
The Wolf Trap Opera, with Richard Woitach in his sixth season as music director, will perform Offenbach's "Tales of Hoffmann," Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" and Argento's "Postcard From Morocco."
The pop schedule includes many familiar names -- Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie, Oscar Peterson, Judy Collins -- but it also features a number of newcomers, reflecting Wolf Trap's first summer using the services of an outside consultant, New York promoter Ron Delsener.
Among those acts: Roy Orbison and Johnny Rivers (June 17), The Monkees on their reunion tour (July 8), the Everly Brothers (Aug. 10) and the Neville Brothers with NRBQ (Aug. 18).
"They've asked me to try to beef it up a little with different pop and contemporary selections," Delsener said. "Of course, we have to work with the sound limitations, so rock 'n' roll at Wolf Trap is definitely limited." More pop dates will be added as summer approaches. "They've done what we do in other places . . . leave some dates open. Most pop acts don't need more than four weeks of promotion. More acts will be touring and we'll have slots to put them in at Wolf Trap."
Most Wolf Trap shows still tend to the conservative side, but Delsener said the trend is beginning to change.
The Kodak sponsorship will also be a product of Delsener's efforts. Kodak officials, he said, "saw the facility and liked it," he says. "Kodak made an offer and promised to cooperate" with Wolf Trap "beyond the financial gains."
The 15th season will kick off on May 28 with a gala celebration featuring Liza Minnelli and Henry Mancini and will run until Aug. 31, when it will close with a seasonal favorite, the musical "Camelot" starring Richard Harris.
The Kirov Ballet from Leningrad (June 2-5); Anne Murray (June 6); Benny Goodman (June 7); Burl Ives (June 8); New York City Opera (June 10-15); Orbison and Rivers (June 17); Emmylou Harris and Dwight Yoakam (June 18); Bonnie Raitt (June 19); America, Stephen Stills and Tom Chapin (June 20); the National Symphony Orchestra (June 21-22 and 27-28 and July 24-26); Engelbert Humperdinck (June 25); Schooner Fare and Tom Paxton (June 26).
Also "Singin' in the Rain" (July 1-6); Johnny Mathis (July 7); the Monkees, Herman's Hermits, the Grass Roots and the Union Gap (July 8); Shadowfax, Will Ackerman and Michael Hedges (July 10); John Prine (July 11); Seeger and Guthrie (July 12); the New England Conservatory Ragtime Ensemble (July 13); the Eliot Feld Ballet (July 14-16); Ella Fitzgerald and the Fairfax Symphony (July 17); comedian Steven Wright (July 18); Natalie Cole (July 20); Joan Baez, Don McLean and Livingston Taylor (July 23); Peterson (July 28); Harry Belafonte (July 29, 30); Wolf Trap Opera (Aug. 3, 14, 16); magician David Copperfield (Aug. 4); Wynton Marsalis (Aug. 6); Collins (Aug. 8); Peter, Paul & Mary (Aug. 9); the Everly Brothers (Aug. 10); the Preservation Hall Jazz Band (Aug. 15); George Benson (Aug. 17); the Neville Brothers and NRBQ (Aug. 18); a Canadian Ballet extravaganza (Aug. 22-24); and "Camelot" (Aug. 26-31).