Moulin Rouge was entertaining, Rent was captivating and Moonstruck was probably one of Cher’s best movies, but nothing beats the opera that inspired them all—Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. The life of poor artists in love—with art and with passion itself—has long been a popular theme. The Sacramento Opera will serve as a Virgil for opera-goers on May 8, 10 and 12, guiding the audience through stunning arias to the heights of romance and depths of tragedy. Although such tales are destined to end tragically, especially for the girl, the story is always beautiful. The Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Timm Rolek, will accompany Adam Flowers (the poet Rodolfo), Nicolai Janitzky (Marcello), and NaGuanda Nobles (the frail, doomed Mimi). La Bohème will be performed Friday, May 8, at 8 pm.; Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sacramento Community Center Theater, 1301 L Street. Tickets are $15-$115. For further information, see the Web site at www.sacopera.org.