June 1 and 2, 2007 marked the festive reopening of Bad Elster's NatureTheatre with the performance of Carl Maria von Weber's romantic opera "Der Freischütz" as well as a historical celebration. The spectacular production by the Landesbühnen Sachsen - under the direction of GMD Florian Merz - with its 120 contributors, horse-drawn carriages, the support of the Bad Elster Rifle Club and a closing fireworks show made for an unforgettable cultural experience for the whole family in natural surroundings. This event marked the beginning of this cultural glade's next era. Next to the "Freischütz", highlights of the opening season included an exciting concert from Justus Frantz's Philharmonic of the Nations and Shakespeare's classic "A Midsummer Night's Dream" wrapped up this unique atmosphere.
Additional memorable events of this new era were the operette "Der Bettelstudent" (2008), the fairytale opera "Hänsel und Gretel" (2009), the amazing Summer Classics with the MDR Symphony Orchestra featuring British star trumpet player Alison Balsam (2009), or Deborah Sasson (2008) as well as the Radio Orchestera Prague (2011). Additionally, the NatureTheatre captured the hearts of family audiences with their wonderful fairytale productions including "The Cold Heart" (2008), "The Fire Red Flower"(2010), "Rumpelstiltskin" (2011). Other stunning events have also graced the new stage of the NatureTheatre, including concerts by Achim Reichel (2007), Wolf Maahn (2008), Manfred Krug and Uschi Brüning (2009), Ulla Meinecke (2009) and Max Raabe and his Palast Orchestra (2010).
Videobericht zur »Großen Goethe-Gala« anlässlich der Feierlichkeiten zu 100 Jahren NaturTheater Bad Elster am 9. Juli 2011, inkl. dem bunt nachgestellten Emigrantenzug mit vielen Mitwirkenden aus Bad Elster.
Es musizierte die Chursächsische Philharmonie auf historischen Instrumenten der Klassik unter der Leitung von GMD Florian Merz.