About Romania and her people: Lydia Lipkowska
I must confess that, after listening to Maria Tănase so many times, no one managed to impress me so deeply with the interpretation of traditional songs and pop music pieces in the way she did. Her voice penetrates me, stirs me, disturbs me so strongly that I always leave as if I tasted a miraculous potion; I have no control over my own feelings! A demon that wields all the spells takes me away for days, a demon with green eyes like those of Maria and a voice like a deep whisper.
– Lydia Lipkowska was a famous Russian opera singer, one of the best-known sopranos of the first quarter of the 20th century; later in her life, she teached the future Romanian soprano Virginia Zeani;