The Vienna State Opera are kindly giving Intermezzo readers the chance to try out their live streaming service (normally €14 a pop) for free.
The service, launched in late 2013, offers live opera broadcasts in Full HD. While you're watching, you can switch between the standard multicamera setup with close ups and a fixed full screen view (as if you're sitting in the auditorium). Multilingual subtitles are available on a separate device, and you can choose whether you start the stream live, or delay it for a few hours.
Here's the message from the Vienna State Opera:
"We would very much like to invite you as opera lovers and visitors of Intermezzo to try our new offer for free. Please write us an eMail to email@example.com, we will send you a voucher code to one of the upcoming broadcasts – Offenbachs “Les contes d’Hoffmann” on June 1, or Janacek's “The cunning little vixen” on June 30."
I strongly suggest you read the information page carefully and try the test-stream before you apply, as not all of the options are available with certain setups. It's possible to watch from any old tinny laptop, but a large TV screen, the Samsung Smart TV app, and/or an additional smartphone or tablet will allow you to take full advantage of all the features available.