In addition, and contrary to popular images of the lavishness of life at Versailles, both Paris and the Paris Opera were gaining on the court. From the 1680’s to the end of Louis’ reign in 1715, ballets were still performed at court, though with less regularity, and in general with more restraint. When Louis’ grand château at Versailles was finally completed in the early 1680’s, it did not even house a theatre. Moreover, life at Versailles grew notoriously less festive as Louis’ military defeats mounted and he came under the more severe influence of the pious Madame de Maintenon…In these years, the tension that had always existed between the court and Paris – Louis would forever associate the city with the Fronde – grew increasingly acute. The Paris Opera served as a bridge of sorts, but it was also a very Parisian institution, both in its audiences and in its growing sense of its own independence.
— “Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet”