Description:%The Centre-piece of French Frolics (1997). Welsh National Opera offer a new production of Gounod's mid-19th Century tuneful masterpiece,FAUST,once the staple of opera houses round the world,now little performed. The cast includes rising star,Janice Watson as Marguerite,and Paul Charles Clarke in the title role. Sir Charles Mackerras conducts; the director is Christopher Alden. 1996 is Welsh National Opera's 50th Anniversary year.