Handel's Last Chance DVD
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Handel’s Last Chance

After their music has endured centuries, it’s hard to believe that some classical composers were not as successful in their own lifetimes. In this edition of the composer series from HBO, George Friderick Handel travels to Dublin to try to revive his failing music career by premiering his first oratorio, “The Messiah,” what would become his greatest work. While searching for singers to perform in the production, Handel meets street urchin Jamie O’Flaherty, who has the perfect voice for a solo. Handel saves Jamie from poverty, and Jamie saves the show and Handel’s career. Historically accurate and musically adept, this video is a valuable resource for music appreciation programs. Recommended for ages nine to 12. ~ Heather M. Fierst, Rovi

Additional Information

Technical Details

Closed Captioned, Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full Length, Full Screen, NTSC


English, Spanish, French


Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)

Aspect Ratio


Number of Discs


Run Time

51 minutes


Biography, Drama, Family


Milan Cheylov


Cody Jones, Gerard Parkes, Leon Pownall, Seana McKenna, Tod Fennell


Devine Ent. Corp.

Release Date

May 28, 2002


G (General Audience)