There are times when I fear for the well-being of opera as a serious art form, but I've noticed that a lot of opera lovers are ardently listening to subscription radio transmissions of opera treasures. This warms my heart. I also stand true to opera as a glorious art form as intended by the composers.
That said, it doesn't mean that opera can't be approached occasionally with a sense of humor. It's fine to "cross the line" image-wise as long as the required documentary reponsibilities are met. Without the ability to laugh I would have burned out years ago.