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  • Writer's pictureFaruk Kara

Performance by Cambridge Youth Opera: The Little Black Cat

Updated: Oct 18, 2023

I've been working with the Cambridge Youth Opera since 2016. I enjoy photographing performance because it is challenging and pushes technique. It is about capturing the moment in difficult lighting conditions that can be constantly changing. It is like street photography in some ways.


When photogrpahing a Cambridge Youth Opera performance I normally attend some of the rehearsals so I can plan some of the shots I would like to get, and then attend the dress rehearsal.


Two performers caught against a completely black background. ONe is dressed in  smart dress and has an elegant hat, the other is the house help and is dressed shabbily
The Little Black Cat
Performer singing whilst holding a black cat puppet being worked by a puppeteer who is stood next to her.
The Little Black Cat
Many performers on the stage holding up large cat eyes in green lighting
The Little Black Cat
Two performers and narrator on stage. One performer is in cape with hood holding out his hand looking for a payment
The Little Black Cat
Performer on stage with puppet cat singing to the cat
The Little Black Cat
4 performers on stage. 3 of the performers are moving around the central figure who is singing. They are looking at her.
The Little Black Cat
4 performers on stage with the narrator. The performers are transfixed by a shower of gold coloured confetti falling to the stage floor.
The Little Black Cat
3 performers on stage. The two outer ones are starring at the central character in a hostitle manner
The Little Black Cat
2 performers on stage. One stares at teh other whilst she clenches her fists in restraint
The Little Black Cat

Two performers and the narrator on stage. One performer has a cape with a hood and is carrying a staff in one hand, the other hand is stretched out with palm facing up waiting to receive a payment
The Little Black Cat
Woman with curly hair holds up old fashioned candle lamp
The Little Black Cat

Shabbily dressed girl sings to the audience
The Little Black Cat

Girl with outreached arm pays hooded figure carrying crook who is holding a hand to receive the payment
The Little Black Cat

girl stands with picture of dog between two other performers while gold ticker tape falls from the ceiling
The Little Black Cat

Family of three - mother, father, daughter - stand like statues looking out at the audience
The Little Black Cat








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