Tom Waits, Robert Wilson To Team On Another Opera

After enjoying one of the more successful years of his career in 1999, wizened songwriter Tom Waits has lined up a series of new projects, including one which will see him re-team with theater director Robert Wilson.

According to "Variety," Waits and wife Kathleen Brennan plan to travel to Copenhagen, Denmark in the next few weeks to meet with Wilson and start work on a contemporary opera entitled "Woyzeck."

The libretto for "Woyzeck" centers around the true story of a mentally disturbed German soldier who murdered his wife in 1821 after discovering her affair with another soldier. "Woyzeck" is scheduled to debut on November 14 at Denmark's Betty Nansen Theater.

Wilson, Waits, and Brennan previously collaborated on a pair of avant-garde operas, "The Black Rider," which was co-written by William S. Burroughs, in 1990, and "Alice," an update of the "Alice In Wonderland" faerie tale, in 1993.

Wilson teamed up with another modern music legend, Lou Reed,

in 1996 to create "Time Rocker," an opera loosely based on H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" which completed the dramatic trilogy begun with "Alice."

Waits enjoyed a critical and commercial success with 1999's "Mule Variations," his first new album since 1993, and is planning to follow up "Variations" with another LP, tentatively set to be released by Epitaph Records later this year.