"Like American Idol, only someone dies at the end. Well, no one really dies, but when you're talking about opera -- and The Beat is talking about opera -- it's high drama, for sure."

That's what The Beat said last year about the Irma M. Cooper Opera Columbus Vocal Competition last year.

And, in a sneak peek for tomorrow's Random Notes in ThisWeek's print edition, we reference that comparison, and suggest that's what the silhouetted judges in this image have in mind.

Make your own decision. And we're not suggesting we had anything to do with it, we're just saying.

Anyway, the competition is this Sunday at OSU's Weigel Hall.