About the Cité de la Voix

The venue

Situated in the medieval village of Vézelay, just a few steps away from the famous basilica, the Cité de la Voix is located in a renovated old hospital.

This establishment is dedicated to the vocal arts and has three main activities:

  • the administation of the vocal ensemble Arsys Bourgogne
  • artistic residencies for professionals and amateurs all year long
  • a year-long concert season with a couple of festivals:  Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay in August and Happy Birthday JSB ! in March

More than 1200 m² are made available to musicians for rehearsals, lessons and masterclasses, recordings and new project creations. The Cité de la Voix has:

  • two rehearsal rooms > 100 m²
  • an auditorium with 92 seats
  • six studios to accommodate artists in residence
  • a large kitchen
  • a garden with an amazing view

La Cité de la Voix offers a unique place to work and be inspired by its beautiful and calm environment.


Perched on top of a hill with an exceptional panorama, Vézelay is situated at the north end of the Natural Regional Morvan Park, half-way between Paris and Lyon.

As early as the 12th century, Vézelay was an important place in the Christian world. Many pilgrims still come to Vézelay on their way to Santiago de Compostela. 

Numerous writers, artists and architects have spent time or lived in Vézelay and have left their mark on the village (Picasso, Romain Rolland, Kandinsky, Miro, etc.). There are a few museums that pay honour to their work :

Vézelay is a popular tourist destination included in the list of the most beautiful villages of France. The village’s rich cultural and natural heritage and the basilica were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979.

We invite to discover what Vézelay has to offer in terms of outdoor activites:

History of the Cité de la Voix

La Cité de la Voix has an impressive history. In 1698, Louis XIV of France’s administration decided to unite the three hospitals of the area in a property near the basilica named the “maison Pierre Rollet”. After nearly three centuries of simply being a hospital, the building was transformed into a retirement home with a psychiatry unit. When a new hospital was built in La Maladrerie, the old hospital closed its doors in 1996.

In 1999, the vocal ensemble Arsys Bourgogne and the Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay festival were looking for a work space. The regional council of Burgundy bought the abandoned hospital and renovated it with the financial aid Europe and the Ministry of Culture and Communication. After many years of renovations, the building became known as the Cité de la Voix and opened its doors in 2010. Since 2012, it has developped an artistic residency programme, a concert season and outreach programmes throughout the region.

In 2015, Arsys Bourgogne, the Rencontres Musicales de Vézelay and the activities of the Cité de la Voix were brought together to form a single public establishment.