The Beat never tires of using this description we first wrote like five years ago to describe Opera Columbus' Irma M. Cooper Vocal Competition, which will be held this weekend at Ohio State University's Weigel Hall.

This year's competition features 22 young opera singers competing for cash prizes and an on-stage at this summer's Go Wild! for Opera event at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

It's open to the public. Nobody really dies at the end.