THREE international opera stars thrilled an audience with songs from musicals last night.

More than 150 people gathered at Auckland Castle, in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, to see mezzosoprano Alison Hudson, baritone David Stephenson and pianist David Smith.

It is not the first time the three starsy have performed in the castle. Organiser Freda Billson said: "It is such an honour to have them back again. All three gave a superb performance."

Published: 04/04/2005