Esther Heideman singing "La Canzone di Doretta" live from Puccini's La Rondine. This concert was performed at the music library in the "Egg" theatre in Beijing, China (北京国际剧院). La rondine (The Swallow) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini to an Italian libretto by Giuseppe Adami, based on a libretto by Alfred Maria Willner and Heinz Reichert. It was first performed at the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo (or the Théâtre du Casino) in Monte Carlo on 27 March 1917. In the first Act, at a cocktail party in Magda's salon, Prunier declares that love is in the air. He begins to sing his latest song, which Magda completes (Aria: Chi il bel sogno di Doretta). She explains that as the kept woman of Rambaldo, she does not know true love; she recalls her youth, her aunt, and a young student she met and loved briefly.