Stephen Brookes profiles the company Urban Arias, which is presenting its second season of short contemporary opera at Arlington’s Artisphere, starting with the world premiere of a new opera by Conrad Cummings and Michael Korie on Friday night. The festival runs through April 22.

Above: an excerpt of “Positions 1956” from back when it was a song cycle. The composer Conrad Cummings and librettist Michael Korie have now added two further acts and fleshed it out into a 90-minute opera, which will have its world premiere on Friday night in Arlington.