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2 colleagues, 2 continents, very different pandemics

Baritone singer Jarrett Ott in Stuttgart, Germany. With performances canceled around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, another baritone, Steven LaBrie, lost his income and hasn’t had health insurance for years. But support from the German government meant that Ott’s position was safe, his pay almost unchanged and his benefits secure. (Roderick Aichinger / The New York Times)

Steven LaBrie is a freelance baritone in New York. Jarrett Ott has a full-time job singing in Germany. That made all the difference.

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