Prof. Russell Keys Oberlin was born in Akron, Ohio on October 11, 1928. From 1948-51 he was educated at Julliard School in New York. Later he made his first recordings with the New York Pro Musica. He claims to be the "only true countertenor" and not to use the falsetto. When only 36, he retired from active singing and became a teacher, later Prof. of Music at Hunter College up to 1994. He died on November 26, 2016, in New Yrok City.

He sang a large variety of music, with emphasis on early music, his range is probably much higher than the required alto.

links: a biography from 1960 (local), a recent interview (Lyrichord), and a more complete discography (including LPs) at the Early Music FAQ

1. George Friderick Handel: Messiah
Sony SM2K 60205 (excerpts: CBS LMYK 44875)
2. Troubadour and Trouvère Songs (12th and 13th century)
Lyrichord LEMS 8001
3. Notre Dame Organa (12th Century)
Lyrichord LEMS 8002
4. Las Cantigas De Santa Maria - Del Rey Alfonso El Sabio
Lyrichord LEMS 8003
5. English Polyphony of the 13th and Early 14th Centuries
Lyrichord LEMS 8004
6. English Medieval Songs (12th and 13th Centuries)
Lyrichord LEMS 8005
7. 14th and early 15th Century English Polyphony
Lyrichord LEMS 8006
8. The French Ars Antiqua (13th Century)
Lyrichord LEMS 8007
9. John Dowland: Lute Songs
Lyrichord LEMS 8011
10. Music of William Byrd
Lyrichord LEMS 8014
11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Easter Oratorio and Magnificat
Sony SBK 60261
[12/59,M] (Magnificat)
12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata BWV 54 et al. with Glenn Gould (harpsipiano)
Music and Arts 654
13. The Play of Daniel and The Play of Herod
MCA Classics MCAD2-10102