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On Iphigenia in Tauris by the Canadian Opera Company

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Christoph Gluck’s Iphigenia in Tauris, a tragic opera about the fate of survivors, their guilt, and the question of who will pay for the crimes of the past, is a relentlessly dark and difficult challenge for viewers. The program’s awkward synopsis seems to say it all when it opens with the kind of jovial avuncular language that introduces sitcoms: “Every family has its problems, but those of the...