Legendary Aussie tenor passes away at 86 after a rich international career.

Albert Lance was always thought of as a leading French tenor but was born on July 12, 1925 in Adelaide as Lancelot Albert Ingram. He began singing as a child, in school and in church choir before his mother sent him to study voice at the Melbourne Music Conservatory.

After graduation, he sang in cafés and clubs before joining the famous Edgley family touring vaudeville company. Eric and Clem Edgley were so impressed with their new recruit that they sent him for an audition at the Melbourne Opera, where he was immediately offered a contract. He made his debut there, as Cavaradossi in Tosca, in 1950, and soon made a reputation for himself singing Rodolfo in La Bohème, and Pinkerton in Madama Butterfly. He notably starred in The Tales of Hoffmanngiven in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s visit in 1954.

On winning a major radio prize he travelled to France in 1955 to study with the famous voice teacher Modesti. With the help of his assistant, Simone Féjart, Modesti taught the young Australian the vocal refinement that went on to define his career. Having changed his professional name...